The Los Angeles Dodgers returned home from a nine-game road trip to begin a series with the Atlanta Braves Tuesday.
The start of the three-game series marked the first meeting between the Braves and Dodgers since they faced each other in the 2013 National League Division Series.
Also coinciding with the Dodgers’ first home game since July 13 was the first 40,000 fans in attendance received a Vin Scully 65th anniversary commemorative microphone. The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the fans were treated to a surprise in the second inning.
Via a video board announcement, Scully revealed he would return to broadcast games in the 2015 season, further extending his streak as the longest-tenured broadcaster. Scully acknowledged the time will come for him to eventually step away, however he isn’t ready to call it quits:
It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully. “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.”
Dodgers President and CEO, Stan Kasten, shared his pleasure with Scully’s decision:
I’m obviously not alone in saying that I’m overjoyed Vin will be coming back to the booth in 2015. Our fans deserve the very best and Vin’s voice, knowledge, experience and passion for broadcasting Dodger baseball are second to none.”
In a recent episode of In Focus With Hannah Storm, Scully spoke of goosebumps he gets during big moments and how he used them to determine whether or not he should continue broadcasting.
Scully called the Dodgers lone World Series win during their days in Brooklyn and he’s been behind the microphone for five more titles in Los Angeles.
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