After the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw struck out the Cubs’ Miguel Montero to end the top of the second inning Friday night, the SportsNet L.A. telecast did not break to commercial as usual.
It went to the Dodger Stadium message board in left field where Magic Johnson announced to the crowd that “we have big breaking news to share with you.”
Comedian/correspondent Jimmy Kimmel then appeared with a set of large white cue cards that he showed and dropped to the ground. The gist of it:
“Vin will be back!
(For one more year)
God bless us everyone.”
The booth camera then showed Vin Scully in his familiar position as he stood and clapped to the loud speaker playing “Dancing in the Street.” Scully waved to the crowd ovation. The last camera shot was of Johnson sitting in the owners box next to the Dodgers dugout.
“Our thanks to Dodgers management for breaking the news, if you want to call it news, that, God willing, we’ll all be back here next year,” Scully said once he was back on the air. “God willing. Anyway bottom of the second inning and the Dodgers ….”
As we wrote last week, rumors of Scully announcing his retirement had circulated only because it had taken longer than in the recent past for him to announce his intention.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to the press box before Friday’s game to meet with Scully and get a photo taken with him, then MLB.com tweeted it out with the caption: “Because who ISN’T a Vin Scully fan.”
Maddon told reporters before the game about the Scully visit – “I ascended to another level of humanity,” he said – and then divulged that Scully had told him about the decision.
“He’ll announce it tonight,” Maddon said. “I was happy about what he said.”
Somehow, that got lost in translation.
According to one tweet, the Boston Red Sox radio team of Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien reportedly said that “Joe Madden in L.A. says Vin Scully is set to announce his retirement tonight after 65 years with the Dodgers.”
Dodgers officials, who denied knowing that a Scully announcement was coming, issued a press release during the game that quoted Scully: “I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do it again in 2016. There’s no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends.”
Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten added: “Vin is a national treasure and the Dodgers couldn’t be happier to have him back at the microphone in 2016. Vin makes every broadcast special and generation after generation of Dodger fans have been blessed to be able to listen to him create his poetic magic since 1950. We look forward to adding many new chapters to that legacy in 2016.”