LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have undergone massive changes in the past six months, but Sunday they preserved some crucial continuity when beloved play-by-play announcer Vin Scully announced he would return for his 64th season in 2013.
Scully, 84, said he was energized by the moves made by a new ownership group, which completed the largest trade in team history -- a nine-player blockbuster headlined by Adrian Gonzalez -- just the day before.
"They want to win and they want to win now, so I want to hold on with two hands and see how far they're going to take this ball club," Scully said. "Put it all together -- the little boy in me, the opportunity to see how far these owners take it -- it would be pretty hard to walk away from."
Scully has scaled back his schedule in recent seasons, confining his road trips to those within California and Arizona. He said he'll stick to that plan next season, but would also like to make a trip to Yankee Stadium tentatively scheduled for June. His broadcasting career began in New York in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Scully, a member of the Hall of Fame, has been the voice of the most celebrated moments in Dodgers history, from Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series to Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run off Al Downing to Sandy Koufax's four no-hitters.
He got to announce another one Saturday, when Gonzalez homered in his first Dodgers at-bat after flying all day from Boston.
"Every now and then there's something like last night that you can't possibly think of," Scully said.
As Scully was wrapping up Sunday's media conference, he said he had to start preparing to broadcast Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins.
"I have to go over my carefully prepared ad-libs," Scully joked.
Scully's career began in the radio age, but he has proven adept at rolling with the changes in media, moving between radio and TV duties with the Dodgers. When A.J. Ellis was trending on Twitter earlier this month, Scully announced to his audience that he had just learned what tweeting was. He called it a "twit."
When asked how much longer he'll go, Scully mentioned that his mother lived to be 97.
"I doubt very much I'll live that long. We've had lives that have been totally different, but we'll give it a shot," Scully said. "I'm not even thinking about doing games when I'm 97."
The Dodgers owners bought the team in April for $2.15 billion and have wasted little time proving they're willing to invest to win now. In the last five weeks, the Dodgers have taken on more than $300 million in salary with the acquisitions of Shane Victorino, Hanley Ramirez, Joe Blanton, Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, among others.
"It was a treat to be able to listen to Chick Hearn through my years with the Lakers and it's been great to be able to listen to Vin work his magic in the broadcast booth since I came to Los Angeles in 1979," said Lakers co-owner Magic Johnson. "Generations of Angelenos have been blessed to have these Hall of Famers in their midst."