UPDATE: D-Train's not done! The legend himself responded by alerting Dodgers fans that the team informed him he's on the books for two more calls this season.
Year One of Dontrelle Willis and Stephen Nelson on Dodgers calls was an unmitigated success, but based on limited scheduling, the ride appears to have come to a temporary stop this week.
After Nelson and Willis fused their fun-loving attitudes with yet another Dodgers win in the desert on Wednesday (how 'bout those Diamondbacks?!), the ex-MLB pitcher took to Twitter to thank the fans who'd supported him during his first season in the regional booth, while also announcing he'd just made his "final" call of the season.
Willis, well-known by a national audience for his studio work with FOX Sports (and, of course, his quirky windup and dominance with the mid-2000s Florida Marlins), went froman advisor role with the Dodgers to the broadcast booth on a truncated schedule midway through 2022.
2023 represented his first year working alongside Nelson, who was brought in from MLB Network this past offseason in order to take some pressure off Joe Davis as his national profile rose.
The two certainly couldn't have received a much better finale than Wednesday, as the Dodgers sent the Diamondbacks under .500 with a clean, 2-0 victory (while Walker Buehler revved up for a potential late-season return).
Dodgers fans give love right back to Dontrelle Willis after final game of 2023
In a heartwarming twist from the typical toxicity of Twitter (sorry, "X"), Willis' mentions overflowed with fan praise after he announced he'd be away from the Dodgers' booth for the remainder of the season.
Bottom line? Dodgers fans want more of Willis' youthful energy, but might have to get used to sharing him with a national crowd. After all, talent like this can't help but transcend boundaries.
But without Willis, who's going to tell us when a pitch is “middle middle, absolutely, super duper”?