Weekly media sports column version 05.30.13: What makes Ross Porter smile these days

batruleWhat made it as the lead item to this week’s sports media column:

You think the Dodgers’ new ownership team would considering finding a spot on their new TV network for Ross Porter? We talked about it as he prepares for calling two CIF baseball title games from Dodger Stadium today.

Porter, by the way, says he has reason to smile when he’s listening to a game today and hears broadcasters sprinkle statistics into the broadcast — something he was probably unfairly criticized for years ago.

Edward Frascino/The New Yorker

Edward Frascino/The New Yorker

“I guess I can laugh about that now,” he said. “I used to keep a blue book with statistics on things like how Johnny Bench used to do against Don Sutton, and people might have asked, ‘What are you doing?'” said Porter. “Now that kind of thing is on every media stat sheet in every press box. And you hear the stats everywhere from Vin down, just as if it’s another part of the game.

“Maybe I was a little bit of a pioneer in that, and I took a lot of criticism for it — some of it may have been warranted — but I think my problem was that having done all that research, I wanted to get it in, and that couldn’t always happen.

“To me, the research and homework never stopped. I never considered it a grind. It really was a pleasure to do it. I enjoyed the homework almost as much as the play-by-play itself.”

What didn’t make it in but really, really should have:== Saturday’s L.A. City Section baseball title games — the Division II game at 10 a.m., followed by San Fernando vs. Cleveland for the Division I championship at 1 p.m., both from Dodger Stadium — will be carried on Time Warner Cable and streamed live on the City section website and LA36.org with Randy Rosenbloom and Eric Sondheimer on the call. TWC has the rights to the game, but LA36 is producing it.

== Coverage of the Dodgers-Rockies (Prime) and Angels-Astros (FSW) might prevent any of the CIF Southern Section Division title games from Dodger Stadium to air on TV today, but it’s all part of the FSW plan to include all the CIF-SS winter and spring sports on their PrepZone online platform.
The schedule again for today’s baseball championships (with Rob Brender and Jennifer Schroeder on the call):
*Division III: Mira Costa vs. Serra, 2 p.m. (Ross Porter and Tony Moskal)
*Division II: Cypress vs. Temecula Valley, 5 p.m. (Porter and Moskal)
*Division I: Harvard-Westlake vs. Marina, 8 p.m. (Pete Arbogast and Moskal)

== Saturday’s softball title games on the website from Barbour Park in Irvine (with Rob Brender and Jennifer Schroeder on the call):
*Division VI: Mary Star of the Sea vs Bellarmine Jefferson, 10 a.m.
*Division IV: Santa Monica vs Hemet, 12:30 p.m.
*Division II: Chino vs Lakewood, 3 p.m.
*Division I: Norco vs Corona Santiago, 7:30 p.m.

Also there’s the boys CIF individual singles finals from Seal Beach Tennis Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. Amy Bender is on play-by-play with Marc Lucero.

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