Vin Scully brought Christmas in July to Dodger Stadium.
In the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, several players popped up on the Jumbotron to announce that the greatest broadcaster to ever sit behind a microphone will be back in the Dodgers broadcast booth in 2015.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement released by the club. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
Now, if that’s not enough ammunition for LA and Time Warner Cable to get their act together, then Dodger fans are screwed.
Scully will maintain his current schedule. He’ll call all Dodger home games on SportsNet LA and the first three innings on radio. Scully hasn’t gone on the road for a few years, so it’s doubtful he’ll start doing that again next year.
Let me just say that it's not just Dodger fans who should be jumping around like Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch, giddy about the news. Tuesday was a win for baseball fans of every generation.
It’s another year for those who were in LA during the 1959 World Series to reminisce about where they were when Scully called Larry Sherry getting White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio to fly out to left to end Game 6, and bring the Dodgers their first title on the West Coast.
It’s another year for those who, like me, sat as a wide-eyed eight-year-old glued to the TV set during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 Series. When I’m at Dodger Stadium now I can’t look at right field without hearing Scully’s call of Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run:
“High fly ball into right field, she is gone.”
Those nine words defined my childhood growing up in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.
So, having said that, I’m most thrilled for the eight-year-olds who will hopefully have their own Vin Scully moment to carry them through their teenage years.
Plus, we get another year of Scully telling timeless story after story, like he’s sitting next to the fireplace in his favorite rocking chair, a flannel blanket covering his lap, a bit of scotch in his right hand.
You can listen to them for hours.
Take this one, for instance, when Scully talked about the time he raced Jackie Robinson ice skating, with Robinson's pregnant wife Rachel also on the ice.
There’s plenty more where that came from. You just watch, next season.