I figure that a baseball broadcaster that is such an iconic figure, not just in Southern California but everywhere, deserves his own thread.
In today's LA Times, 81-year old (I think) Vin Scully says that he's in good health, so he will work one more season and then "Good Lord Willing" as he would put it, retire after the 2010 season.
Which means that Dodger fans, and baseball fans in general, will have 15 more months, in essence, to savor the work, insights and great stories of arguably the game's best of all time. Certainly, he's on the short list.
Consider the fact that he's been part of Dodger broadcasts since 1951...seven years before they started in Los Angeles.
He's one of the finest men I've ever had the privilege of meeting.
Through the radio, long before the days when every game was on TV, he taught me the game. Often, through my pillow via transistor radio when my Mom thought I was sleeping on a school night.
Sadly, I think it's time, and I think he knows it too. In the past couple of seasons, I've noticed him start to slip a bit. Getting names wrong just now and again. Something he never used to do.
I hope the Dodgers honor him in a way he so richly deserves, while he's still around to see it.