Daily Distractions: Vin Scully returns, dissecting the trade, real best songs of the millennium.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully is returning to the Dodgers’ broadcast booth in 2014. (photo by J.P. Hoornstra)

The Dodgers announced this morning that Vin Scully will return in 2014, calling all games in California and Arizona as he’s done the past two seasons. It will be Scully’s 65th season behind the mic, and he’ll talk more about it at 2:45 p.m. today. (Follow along on Twitter and Tout for live updates.)

Scully said in a statement released by the team this morning that, “other than being home with my family, there is no place else I’d rather be” than Dodger Stadium. Few would disagree that Scully still sounds right at home in the booth.

Consider this: When he began broadcasting Brooklyn Dodgers games in 1950, the team had yet to win a World Series. Three years later, at the age of 25, Scully became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game.

The Dodgers would love to give him one more before the year’s over.

Some bullet points for a Remembrance of the Slave Trade Abolition Day:

• Lots of takes from both coasts on the Aug. 25, 2012 trade that altered the Dodgers’ and Red Sox’s fortunes today. Here’s mine. In Boston, David Ortiz told the Globe that “we are making [the Dodgers] look like geniuses.” Ben Cherington says he “felt strongly that it was the right thing to do, and it had nothing do with the players that were going to L.A.” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner admitted to WEEI that he didn’t think it would happen. Josh Beckett is on the disabled list but says the last year has gone by pretty fast.

• A sub-subplot to the series: Xander Bogaerts has a mancrush on Hanley Ramirez.

Ryan Braun can’t even get his apologies right, colleague Jill Painter writes.

Kirk Gibson still has recording of Jack Buck calling his famous home run in the 1988 World Series on cassette, and still gets chills listening to it.

• Sean O’Donnell, Ian Turnbull and Rob Blake are confirmed for the L.A. Kings night at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 10. I’m guessing some current Kings will turn up, too.

• Grantland.com, which I usually enjoy, dropped the ball ranking the top 64 songs of the millennium. Actually, their editors simply fell into the same trap that Grammy voters, VH1 listmakers and many others do in judging the quality of a song by how many copies it sells. If you believe music is art, you know it’s more personal and less quantifiable than that. Regardless, the “bracket” pissed me off enough that I made my own top 64 to carry you through the weekend. Enjoy:

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