In the bottom of the second inning of last night’s Dodgers home win over the Chicago Cubs, announcer Vin Scully told listeners he wasn’t sure the announcement of his decision to return to the broadcast booth for at least one more year in 2016 qualified as “news.” It’s one of the very few times in his storybook journalist’s life that Scully has gotten it wrong.
Each year around this time, Dodgers fans start worrying that they are about to face Chavez Ravine’s version of the California drought – baseball without soothing Scully anecdotes. But as MLB.com writers Steve Bourbon and Carrie Muskat reported, this year’s Scully pivot could not have been scripted any better:
Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw tied his season-high for strikeouts, one short of his career-high set during his no-hitter last June, and took the Major League season lead for strikeouts with 236.
The funny thing is, those listening to last night’s AM 570 radio broadcast featuring Scully missed the big reveal. That’s because the Scully news was delivered to fans on the scoreboard during the second inning changeover, by Jimmy Kimmel with the help of ten Bob Dylan-style cue cards. As the comments rolling in on the Dodgers website attest, just about everyone on the West Coast is thrilled there is no reason yet to feel those “Subterranean Homesick Blue(s):”
ForeverBlueDodger: I have been listening to Vin for 57 years! He is the best – hands down. May God continue to bless him with good health. It will be sad for all of Baseball when he retires.
Mosh: The NL started in 1876. To put Mr. Scully’s tenure into perspective, if he voices Dodger games for another five years, he’ll have been announcing Dodger games for HALF of the National League’s existence
Another way to put this into perspective: Scully has been doing Dodger TV and radio broadcasts two decades longer than the Brooklyn guy who delivered the 2016 news, Kimmel, has been alive. Bronx native Scully will turn 88 this Thanksgiving. FishbowlNY joins the Dodger faithful in expressing heartfelt thanks for the prospect of a 67th broadcast season.