The first time his parents ever saw him on television, Vin Scully has said, they had to go to a restaurant because they didn't own a TV. It was considered a luxury. That's how long he's been in broadcasting. And he is not going to quit anytime soon.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers will make a formal announcement Friday that Scully, who is 85 but nearly as sharp as ever, will return in 2014 for a 65th season calling their games. What started in Brooklyn continues in L.A. Scully won't work forever, he just knows he still wants to:
The Dodgers never would kick him out of the broadcast booth, but he respects his audience too much to mumble around a microphone the way Willie Mays stumbled around center field for the New York Mets, in a sad close to a brilliant career.
So Scully takes it year to year. This year, he has been invigorated by the best reality show in town, the richest-to-worst-to-first Dodgers. Next year? Sign him up.
"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," Scully said.
"I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, 'Why not?' as well.
So we can thank the arrival of Yasiel Puig and one of the hottest streaks of recent times for keeping Vin focused. Hey, whatever it takes to keep Scully in the booth.
What's good about Scully broadcasts, other than his familiar delivery, soothing voice and distinctive cadence? He obviously prepares. He's a good reporter. He knows things about ballplayers, and tells stories, that other reporters don't. He's also a solo act for nine innings. No partner. He's his own analyst. And he knows when not to speak. He remembers that it's TV, not radio, and that his words only need to supplement what viewers are watching. Of course, Scully's words do much more than that.
It was about this time a season ago he discussed coming back for one more year (one year at a time, anyway). Here's to another such announcement in 2014. May Vin Scully's final season last forever.