Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to break big Dodgers news earlier today.
As all baseball fans should know, Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully is a living legend, the living embodiment of everything that’s great about baseball. Scully, who turns 88 in November, has been the Dodgers broadcaster for the last 66 years. He’s been on a year-to-year basis for the past couple years, and his duties have shrunk to only include home games and select road games.
Rogers’ tweet was picked up by Dodger twitter, and sent most into a frenzy. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t concern me more than it should, but I’m not sure I’m ready for a full season of Charley Steiner not being able to read fly balls and Nomar Garciaparra and Orel Hershiser talking about #shutdowninnings.
This decision>>>>LeBron’s decision. This was the scene last year, with help from Hyun-jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner. I’ve been to Opening Days, playoff games, walkoffs, and I don’t think I’ve heard the stadium louder than it was on that day.
Warning- Video contains Dee Gordon being lovable 🙁
On Friday night after Clayton Kershaw ended the top of the second with a strikeout, the Dodgers showed Magic Johnson and Jimmy Kimmell on the stadium screens, who announced that Vin will be back in 2016.
I’m actually a little upset at Maddon for announcing that there would be an announcement. For the last couple years, no one really knew the announcements were coming until they came. Which just captures Vin so perfectly. He’s never loved the spotlight or the hoopla that comes with his notoriety, he just goes out there and does his job. He literally announced it on the broadcast by saying “thanks to the management for breaking the news… if you want to call it news”. Shame on you Maddon.
It’s only right for Scully to keep on announcing, as a majority of Dodger fans have still been unable to watch his broadcasts due to an impasse between Time Warner and other cable companies. The AT&T/DirecTv merger seems like good news for those of us unable to watch Sportsnet LA. Another year of Scully on our TVs is something we can all get on board with.
So lets all toast to at least one more year of Vin. You don’t realize how lucky you are to have him on your TV, radio or laptop throughout the baseball season. Plus, I don’t think I can handle Vin Scully and potentially Kobe Bryant retiring in the same year.