A batch of chocolate chip cookies via Woodland Hills was the deal breaker: Vin Scully says he’ll return for 2012, season No. 63

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Vin Scully opened the top of the sixth inning of tonight’s Dodgers-Rockies broadcast on Prime Ticket by looking into the camera and holding a couple of cookies up with his left hand.

He explained:

“Every time this year, a nice lady in Woodland Hills named Mrs. Marti Squyres sends me some chocolate chip cookies. This year when she sent them, in the letter she said: ‘This is a bribe to get you to come back next year.’

“Well, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. You and I have been friends a long time. But after a lot of soul searching, a few prayers, and decided that maybe we could do it, we decided that we will come back with the Dodgers for next year.

“God’s been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things that I’ve always wanted to do. I asked him for one more year at least. He said, ‘OK, be quiet, and eat your cookie.’

“I’ll do the same thing.”

And with a wink, he added, getting a little choked up: “Let’s go back (to the game).”

It couldn’t have been much classier. No confusing press conferences (like last year). No waiting until the offseason (when it becomes lost in the other sports).

The Hall of Famer will be starting his 63rd season in 2012 with the same schedule of doing all home games and most of the road games this side of Colorado.

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