You didn’t think Vin Scully was going to just pull the chair out from under everyone once next season started, did you?
Veni, vidi, Vinnie.
He came, he saw, and we’ve got him back.
“I’ve always felt that I’m an ordinary man that was given an extraordinary opportunity,” he explained today during his official announcement at Dodger Stadium.
So now that all that’s settled, and he’s been given his wife’s blessings to make 2014 his 65th season with the team, we humbly suggest we try to sweeten things up before that.
If these Dodgers process all the way to the World Series in the coming weeks, shouldn’t those who beat the drum for the Vin Scully Marching and Chowder Society finally be able to hear him calling national broadcasts again during Fox’s coverage?
We’ve been down this pot-holed road before, with petitions, columns, hemming and hawing, worried that egos don’t get stepped on.
In the grand scheme of things, if he joined the Dodgers along for the ride into October 25 years after he captioned Gibson’s World Series homer and punctuated their last championship during Hershiser’s final strikeout, who would it really be hurting?
Joe Buck has already said in the past he’d be more than willing to step aside.
“Personally, I’d love it,” he told us two years ago. “There’s no one like Vin, or close to Vin. I’d happy step aside to hear his voice. I would not fight that at all.”
This year, make it happen.
== Sorry, but we’re not buying Ryan Braun’s apology.
Too rehearsed? Nope. Too late, we’re inclined to say.
There’s got to be more to it.
Why not give back the 2011 NL MVP award, before the Heisman Trophy people do it for him? Donate millions of his future earnings to a charitable foundation, maybe one that fights teen-age PED use?
Allow Ryan Dempster to fire fastballs at his head?
It’s also funny how words come back to haunt you, isn’t it?
Like in 2002 when Braun, then a shortstop at Granada Hills High, was quoted in a story about steroid use by big-leaguers such as Barry Bonds.
Braun said then: “I think everyone should be putting an asterisk next to the recent records because of steroids. Something needs to be done. If they can turn an average player into an All-Star, then I think a lot of players may do steroids.”
Like him, maybe?
Let’s head over to a local Milwaukee pub, have a cream soda and a lozenge, and talk this over before more lawsuits start piling up. Wouldn’t part of his community service work include serving as a Dodgers’ hitting coach down the road? It’s worked for Mark McGwire.
== Kobe Bryant is reportedly trying to sell off his Newport Coast home for a mere $8.6 million.
What do you get for that these days?
Four bedrooms, a library, gym, hair salon and shark tank.
And if you look under the sofa cushions, perhaps a misplaced diamond ring?
== Will the Brian Wilson beards they’re apt to be selling in Dodger Stadium concession stands sooner or later simply be refurbished Manny Ramirez dreadlock wigs that have been overstocked for the last several seasons?
== Our poll question this week: