As if this year could get any better for the Dodgers, it looks like we're going to have Vin Scully back next season, eloquently describing the heroics of Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp.
The 85-year-old Scully and the Dodgers announced today the venerable Hall of Fame play-by-play man will stick around for an unprecedented 65th year next season.
Spurred on by the dramatic turnaround of the Dodgers, whose mad dash from last place to first place over the past two months has caught the imagination of all of baseball, Scully isn't yet ready to turn off his microphone.
“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,' Scully said in a statement released by the Dodgers. “With my wife Sandi's blessing I've decided 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 I'd rather be.'
The Dodgers, needless to say, are ecstatic to have him back.
“The Dodgers are overjoyed to have Vin back with the team in 2014,' Dodgers Chairman and Owner Mark Walter said. “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.'
According to the Dodgers, Scully will call all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts on Time Warner SportsNet LA beginning in 2014, with the first three innings of each of his games also simulcast on AM 570 Fox Sports L.A.
“We're so grateful that Vin wants to continue to call Dodger games,' Dodger co-owner Earvin “Magic' Johnson said, “Being able to listen to Vin helps make every Dodger game something special.'
Said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten: “Vin brings a unique perspective to Dodger baseball. 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.'
Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
In Los Angeles, Scully has called Dodgers World Championships in 1959, '63, '65, '81 and '88. He was elected the top sportscaster of the 20th century by the non-profit American Sportscasters Association.
And the way things are going these days for the Dodgers, he might just call another World Series championship soon.