Scully re­turn­ing as voice of Dodgers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY SPORTS - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Los An­ge­les

Vin Scully, one of base­ball’s most beloved broad­cast­ers, will re­turn to the Los An­ge­les Dodgers for a record 65th sea­son in 2014.

“I can tell you from the bot­tom of my heart that I have al­ways felt that I am the most or­di­nary of men who was given an ex­tra­or­di­nary break of do­ing what I love to do at a very early age,” Scully said on Fri­day.

“I pray that I’ll be al­lowed to do it for at least one more year.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, it could have been one line in the note sheet tonight. But I don’t take any of it for granted in any way, shape or form. I know that this mir­a­cle was given to me, and I could lose it in 30 sec­onds be­tween the time I leave here and go up to the booth. I’m just so blessed to be do­ing what I love to do and I’m full of thanks.”

The 85-year-old Scully said he is quite im­pressed by what the new own­er­ship group has brought to the Dodgers, along with the en­ergy fans are cre­at­ing at the ball­park.

The club has surged from last place in the NL West to a lead of 9 1/2 games.

“I think the suc­cess of the team had some­thing to do with it,” Scully said. “Th­ese last 50 games, com­ing to the ball­park and watch­ing them pull out some mirac­u­lous vic­to­ries, it was so thrilling — even for some­one who had seen how­ever many games I’ve seen be­fore.

“It be­came so ex­cit­ing again and so much fun. I don’t re­ally know how I would have felt had they stayed in last place with 30 some-odd games left.

“I prob­a­bly would have come back, any­way, be­cause I love it so much, but this made it pretty easy. And as long as I feel the emo­tion, I feel like I should be here.”

Scully be­gan his base­ball broad­cast­ing ca­reer in 1950 with the Brook­lyn Dodgers, and he has called three per­fect games, 25 no-hit­ters, 25 World Se­ries and 12 All-Star games.

With ev­ery pass­ing year, the ado­ra­tion of Dodgers fans and the city of Los An­ge­les has hum­bled him even more and made him want to con­tinue his life­long pas­sion.

“The thought of just sud­denly walk­ing away from all th­ese friends in the ball­park, and this great game, and this very ex­cit­ing team, and this fan­dom that’s so thrilled with what’s go­ing on, I thought there’s just no way,” Scully said.

“The best way that I could de­scribe it was the night of the bob­ble­head, a cou­ple of weeks ago, and they played that lit­tle trib­ute on the screen. And the ova­tion was over­whelm­ing. I was as close to crying as I’ve been in a long long time.”

When Scully be­gan broad­cast­ing, the Dodgers had yet to win a World Se­ries. Three years later, at 25, he be­came the youngest per­son to broad­cast a World Se­ries game. In 1955, he had his most mem­o­rable mo­ment when he called the Dodgers’ only cham­pi­onship in Brook­lyn.

“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.”

Scully also has called Dodgers World Cham­pi­onships in 1959, ’63, ’65, ’81 and ’88, and he was elected the top sports­caster of the 20th cen­tury by the Amer­i­can Sportscast­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

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