Somehow, I doubt Vin Scully would agree with me here, but I’m going to say it anyway — nothing is going to happen on the field or off for the Dodgers this year that’s better news than this news, via Bill Shaikin, that Scully will return for a 65th year in the broadcast booth next year.
In Scully’s words:
“It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place,” Scully said.
“I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well.
“Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It’s just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect.”
There’s just something so, so, right about that, especially knowing that he’ll be around to kick off SNLA next year. (Hell, even Giants fans are happy.) Imagine if the last we had to enjoy of him was during the dark depths of the McCourt years? To know that he’s still going to be around to see the team rebound to respectability and beyond is an incredibly comforting way to kick off a homestand with a big series against Boston… even if, due to the team’s popularity and the rights accorded national broadcasts, we’ll only be hearing from him tonight.
As Shaikin finished with, “the thrill is ours.” Damn straight.