Rejoice, baseball enthusiasts: For Vin Scully will return for the 2014 season. The Dodgers officially announced the legendary broadcaster will be back in the booth for a 65th season next year.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of this season and there is no way I could leave this truly remarkable team and our great fans,” said Scully in a statement. “With my wife Sandi's blessing, I've decided I'd like to come back and do it again next season. I love what the new ownership has brought to the team, and the energy provided by the fans, who have packed renovated Dodger Stadium. It reminds me that other than being home with my family, there is no place else I'd rather be.”
Mr. Scully long ago transcended being a "mere" Hall of Fame broadcaster and grew into a national treasure of sorts. So needless to say this is welcome news. Here are the statements from team ownership:
"The Dodgers are overjoyed to have Vin back with the team in 2014,” said Dodger Chairman and Owner Mark Walter. “Vin IS Dodger baseball. The Dodgers, the sport of baseball and the city of Los Angeles are extremely fortunate to have him in our midst.”
“We're so grateful that Vin wants to continue to call Dodger games,” said Dodger owner Magic Johnson, “Being able to listen to Vin helps make every Dodger game something special.”
“Vin brings a unique perspective to Dodger baseball,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “Everyone in the Dodger family and within the sound of his voice benefits each and every time we are afforded the opportunity to hear him call a Dodger game. We are thrilled to know that experience will continue through at least the 2014 season.”
Now let us mark this blessed occasion by revisiting the greatest Vin Scully image ever seen by our unworthy eyes ...