They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office. As a week-long tribute to Scully begins at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:
Josh Rawitch, the Senior Vice President of Content and Communications with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the Dodgers’ Vice President of Communications and a member of the organization from 1995 to 2011. He covered the Dodgers as a daily beat reporter for MLB Advanced Media at one time after working in the Dodgers’ advertising and special events department as well as marketing and public relations.
Rawitch shares these memories of Scully:
“I was an advertising intern in the mid ‘90s and having grown up idolizing him and wanting to become a Dodger broadcaster, meeting him for the first time is incredibly vivid in my mind. He was in line in front of me in the press box dining room (not yet named Dave’s Diner) and I worked up the courage to introduce myself to him. He shook my hand and said, ‘Hi, Josh. Nice to meet you.’
“Hearing the same voice in person that I had heard for so many years on radio and TV was almost jarring. I don’t think I expected him to sound exactly like he did as a broadcaster but of course, he did. There’s nothing phony about him, including his golden voice.
“I’ve had so many great interactions with him, it’s truly hard to pick one that sums him up. But everyone who has had the great fortune of knowing Vin knows that he really never complains. He’s always positive and friendly and upbeat with everyone he meets.
“So the one time he wasn’t is what I remember the most because it sums up best who he really is.
“It was Memorial Day, probably around 2006 or 2007 and we really didn’t do a very good job as an organization with our pregame ceremony to show our appreciation for our fellow Americans who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Vin called me into his booth between innings and really wanted me to know, respectfully, how disappointed he was. I felt like we had let him down as an organization, but I also knew that he was absolutely right and that we had to do better in the future.
“It reminded me that he cared deeply for our military and for our country and that he was always looking out for the organization and wanted us to represent the Dodgers in a first-class manner every single day.
“As a broadcaster, I’ll always think of him as the best storyteller who ever lived, with impeccable command of the English language and of his emotions. He always knows when to speak and when to be quiet and how to weave in historical facts or current events that have nothing to do with baseball into the pace of a broadcast.
“As a human being, he’s as humble as they come and always finds a way to make you feel like you’re the most important person in the room.
“During his final broadcast against the D-backs this season, he made it a point to say hello on-air to Derrick Hall and myself and as I sat in Arizona watching the game with my kids, I was struck by the fact that my brother and I had listened to him with my dad, and that my dad had listened to him with his own father. Four generations of our family, all tied together with one genuine voice and I’ll forever be grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to get to know him.”