In addition to acquiring a large chunk of Major League talent from the Boston Red Sox this weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers also made certain that the success they hope to attain on the field is presented to fans of the team in the best way imaginable. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have convinced television broadcaster Vin Scully to return to the broadcast booth in 2013 for his 64th season of play-by-play. It’s a position that Scully, now 84 years of age, has held since 1950, before the team had moved from Brooklyn.
As Shaikin eloquently puts it:
He will call it a career after one of these summers, and a city will lose its voice. It could have been this summer. He is 84, after all. The travel gets old. The grandchildren get older. But Scully is healthy, and he is energized by the Dodgers’ new ownership group. The Dodgers just might win again soon. He would hate to miss out, and we would hate for him to miss out. He is our history teacher, the storyteller for this storied franchise.
I was discussing Scully and another brilliant play-by-play voice in Jon Miller recently on Twitter. During the finale of the last Giants/Dodgers series, fans had the opportunity to witness both men calling the game on television. While to my generation, Miller’s voice is associated with games of importance thanks to his work for Sunday Night Baseball and the Division Championship Series, there’s something about Scully’s that goes beyond familiarity. That’s not to say that one is better than the other. We all have our preferences. However, Scully’s voice and the cadence at which he uses it are immediately accessible to the listener. Perhaps a sense of familiarity isn’t necessary because it’s instantaneous.
One more season of Vin Scully isn’t just good news for Dodgers fans, it’s truly good news for all baseball fans. Here are some pictures of Scully through the years.
This is Scully in 1970 with his wife Joan.
Here’s Scully posing for a Sports Illustrated photograph in 1986.
This is Scully at the 1989 MLB All-Star Game with President Ronald Reagan.
Here’s Scully posing for a photo back in 1990.
Here’s Scully throwing out the first pitch at the Dodgers home opener in 1999.
This is Scully back in 2009, announcing that it’s time for Dodger baseball.
This is Scully in 2011, singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
And The Rest
The Los Angeles Dodgers are embracing their status as a big market team. [Getting Blanked]
The dawning of a new epoch for the Boston Red Sox. [Getting Blanked]
Jose Bautista returns to the Disabled List after only five plate appearances. [Eye On Baseball]
Dr. James Andrews weighs in on the Stephen Strasburg issue. [Baseball Nation]
Roger Clemens pitched on Saturday, so now what? [Getting Blanked]
Former Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez believes he was unfairly branded in Boston. [L.A. Times]
Padres prospect Casey Kelly, who came to San Diego in the trade that sent Gonzalez to Boston, is set to make his Major League debut tonight. [CBS Sports]
Comparing the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs. [New York Times]
Boston Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves was suspended by the team after he tore off his jersey following Andrew Bailey’s save on Friday night. [WEEI.com]
Hawk Harrelson remains critical of umpires making calls that go against the Chicago White Sox. [ESPN]
The Baltimore Orioles acquired Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later. [Camden Chat]
The Cleveland Indians, Shin-Shoo Choo, and their next franchise player. [Baseball Nation]