Vin Scully will return for 2012 season
And now for the best Dodgers’ news of the season. It came out of nowhere, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet.
Vin Scully announced in the middle of the Dodgers-Rockies game Friday that he is coming back next season for his 63rd year as the voice of the Dodgers.
The greatest sports broadcaster ever, back for at least one more season.
Almost coincidentally, before the game Scully had stopped by a table in the press room to visit with a few reporters, which he does almost nightly. Naturally, he told several amusing stories, spent nearly 10 minutes chatting with the local scribes.
"If I do come back next year, this will be a big reason why," Scully said. "I love these visits."
Maybe we should have had an inkling of what was to come when he started to leave and turned back and said, "Besides, what else would I do?"
Later over his Prime Ticket broadcast, Scully said: "I don’t want to make a big deal out of it; you and I have been friends a long time. But after a lot of soul searching and a few prayers, we’ve decided that we will come back with the Dodgers next year. God’s been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things I love to do. I asked him, 'One more year at least?' and he said. 'OK.' "
Scully began his broadcasting career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Vin Scully at Dodger Stadium in March. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times