Hall of Fame Dodger TV broadcaster Vin Scully will return in 2015 for his 66th year of calling Dodger games, both of the Brooklyn and the Los Angeles variety. And the team took an unusual way to get the word out.
In between the top and bottom of the second inning of Tuesday’s Braves/Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, with the Braves leading 1-0, Dodgers’ broadcaster Alanna Rizzo came on the stadium jumbotron — locally called Dodger Vision — to say that the team had some breaking news. This was followed by short messages from three Dodger players. Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu spoke briefly in Korean, outfielder Yasiel Puig in Spanish, and infielder Justin Turner in English.
The message in all three languages was the same. The widely respected Scully, who has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950, will return next year at the age of 87. This was good news to the sold-out crowd, who turned toward the broadcast booth and gave their beloved voice of the Dodgers a standing Ovation. The always gracious and humble Scully acknowledged the crowd with a smile and a wave, but got right back to calling the game.
The Announcement must have given Dodger players a boost, as they immediately scored two to take back the lead.