In 1888 Ernest Thayer wrote the most famous poem in baseball history. Mighty Casey had struck out and Thayer contrasted the despair in Mudville with the joy and spirit elsewhere.

"Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright" Thayer wrote. "The band is playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light."

Strike up the band Los Angeles. Vin Scully is coming back.

The Dodgers are expected to announce Friday that Scully the finest broadcaster in baseball history will return for a record 65th season in 2014.

Scully is 85. The Dodgers never would kick him out of the broadcast booth but he respects his audience too much to mumble around a microphone the way Willie Mays stumbled around center field for the New York Mets in a sad close to a brilliant career.

So Scully takes it year to year. This year he has been invigorated by the best reality show in town the richest-to-worst-to-first Dodgers. Next year? Sign him up.

"It has been such an exciting enjoyable wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark everybody is talking about the ballclub and I really respect admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place" Scully said.

"I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good thank God. So why not? And my wife said 'Why not?' as well.

"Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It's just too good. As a baseball man and someone who has always loved the game the situation and the conditions are perfect."

For the Dodgers and their long-suffering fans nothing could be more perfect than Scully calling the team's first World Series games since 1988.