Long time Los Angeles Dodgers’ radio and TV broadcaster Vin Scully has announced he will return for another season behind the microphone. He stated his reason for the return as he just couldn’t bare to leave the booth. He told reporters Sunday that, “when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave.”
Scully has been with the Dodgers’ broadcast team since 1948 when the organization still played at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York. He notes that his good health has allowed him to return for another season. He has been working on one-year contracts since 2009. New online sportsbooks will set lines for the 2011 season sometime in the spring.
He originally announced that 2010 would be his final year calling Dodgers game, but he said it took a short time before he realized that he would miss the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine.
“I guess it started [then], and when the season began, I was feeling well,” Scully said. “Early in summer, maybe in May, I started talking to my wife. I was still enjoying so much just coming to the ballpark.”
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Then he had to ask himself one important question.
“What would I do if I don’t do this?” he said.
The Hall of Fame broadcaster showered praise on his former partners Red Barber and Connie Desmond. He claimed that without them, he would not have become as successful as he is today.
“Red was like a father, and Connie was like a big brother,” Scully said. “Red would treat me like I was a young son. He was a disciplinarian. One time, he chewed me out. I was going on about Willie Mays and what a great player I thought he was. After the game, he said, ‘Don’t you ever do that. Who are you to say who a great player is? You’re in your second year in the business.’ So I thought, ‘Well, I guess you’re right.’ Of course, [Mays] did turn out to be a great player.
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Former player turned broadcaster Rick Monday said he heard about Scully’s announcement on the radio on his way to the stadium Sunday.
“It was a lot like being a kid in a neighborhood and you’re kicking on the door asking Vinny’s wife Sandy: ‘Can Vinny come out and play again?’” Monday said. “And we’re all delighted that he’s going to come out and play next year. In my life, Vin Scully has always been Dodger baseball.”
Several players and manager Joe Torre were also delighted to hear the news.
“I’m happy for the Dodgers and happy for Vinny that he wants to keep doing it,” Torre said. “He looks great and sounds great, too.”
The Dodgers hope to have a better season for Vinny to call in 2011. According to current MLB standings, the Dodgers are fourth best in the National League West. They are currently 11 1/2 games behind the San Diego Padres for the lead.
Bodog sportsbook has set the Dodgers as the favorite behind Clayton Kershaw to beat Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds at -150. The Reds’ underdog line is set at +135, and the over/under for total runs scored in the game is set at seven.