There isn’t anything better in life then sitting down on the couch, watching the Dodgers and listening to Vin Scully on a nice summer’s night.
Dodger fans everywhere have gotten used to that routine for the last 64 years as this year seems to have given the 85-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster renewed energy and happiness. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988 and that hasn’t stopped Vin Scully from calling Dodger games with the same vigor and passion that he’s always had.
As he’s gotten up in age, Vin takes things year-by-year, but according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Scully is expected to be back in the broadcast booth for his 65th season next year:
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. I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well.
Vin still calls every single home game and his road schedule has been condensed to games in California, Arizona and Colorado, with the exception of an east coast trip thrown in for good measure.
The Dodgers turnaround; from 30-42 to 75-52 seems to have given new life to Scully as he was honored already this season with his own bobblehead night that he conveniently failed to mention on the air.
While the Dodgers have become the favorites to win the World Series, Scully would call games on the radio and wouldn’t want to make a huge fuss about calling games on TV:
I wouldn’t feel that I deserved to be there. I would feel that I would be an intruder. And I don’t ever want to be that. Even if the Dodgers go into the World Series, it’s run by networks now — understandably, because they pay the big money. So, no, I wouldn’t want to do something just because someone said, ‘Oh, let him do an inning.’ I wouldn’t want any part of that.
It’s been an incredible season full of comeback victories and surprises, but the Dodgers arguably had their biggest victory tonight as Vin will be back for another year of Dodger baseball.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest about Yasiel Puig being fined on the road trip.