The Dodgers season has had a good deal of good news since the end of June until now, including Vin Scully returning next year, and the Dodgers clinching their first NL West division title and playoff berth since 2009. But I had this ominous feeling as the postseason was approaching. I have my concerns about this phenomenal Dodgers squad, but it wasn’t anything to do with the players. I couldn’t pin-point what this feeling was–until I saw this incredible news.
The feeling I had was dread. Dreading the sounds of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck on Fox, ruining a Dodgers game. Drinking from the bottom of the announcing well is such punishment after drinking fresh fountain Vin water all season.
Vin Scully told ESPN Los Angeles that he will be calling games on AM 570 Radio during the playoffs, while they will be nationally televised on Fox and TBS. Scully will call the first 3 innings of games, and the last 3, and the Dodgers radio crew of Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday taking over the middle innings.
This is a proactive solution to the problem that LA Kings fans faced in the NHL postseason the last two years. Long time announcers Bob Miller and Jim Fox were unable to call the Kings run to the Stanley Cup, and they did not want to step on the toes of Kings radio announcers Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans.
Scully said of the postseason
I’m just going to be on radio. I have no reason to be on TV. I don’t deserve to be there. I’m not going to intrude on the fellas who have been working TV. No, no, I’m not going to go near TV.
With respect to all of those parties, none of them are Vin Scully. If anyone is deserving, it’s Vin. This is a proactive solution to include Steiner and Monday, while giving Dodgers fans what they want, and Vin Scully has earned.
In my mind which works nothing like Vin Scully’s, the Dodgers’ success must be an important factor in him returning for next season. But Vin Scully is different, and better, than the rest of us. And that’s why this is a solution that works.
With Scully on the radio, I will not hesitate to turn up my radio while watching the game on TV, muted. The delay won’t bother me one bit. It will stir up memories of listening to Chick Hearn call Lakers games that were only nationally televised.
The LA Times reports Fox Sports will not be holding regional pre and post game coverage. They are not broadcasting the Dodgers next season, and have no interest in broadcasting the regional coverage during these playoffs at a loss.
That ominous feeling is gone, and I cant wait until “It’s time for [postseason] Dodger baseball!”