They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office. As Scully heads into his final broadcast at San Francisco on Sunday, here are some more of their stories:
Jon Weisman, director of digital and print content for the Dodgers, is editor of the Dodgers Insider blog. He authored the recently updated “100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before You Die” and was editor of the “Dodger Thoughts” blog before that. He also was a staff writer at the L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News, where part of his beat was covering the sports media.
In his current role, Weisman has selected some of the most iconic Scully photos to grace the covers of the yearbook as well as the Dodger Insider magazine.
Weisman may also be known to some Dodgers fans as a feature participant in the documentary “Bluetopia,” which chronicles him as a writer at Variety nervously going to conduct an interview with Scully.
He shares these Scully thoughts:
“When I came to work for the Dodgers nearly three years ago, after 40-plus years of being a fan and more than a decade writing about them, there were obviously all kinds of hopes and dreams attached to that move. Not surprisingly, high among them was the fantasy of working with Vin Scully, chatting with him, having a relationship with him, having him adopt me, moving into his house … oh, sorry. Really, just kidding about that last part.
“But in all seriousness, the reality — and trust me, I don’t say this with a morsel of bitterness — is that my interaction with Vin has been rare. It’s been fleeting. It’s just how things are. I don’t work on the broadcast, so even though I’m in the reporters’ side of the press box regularly, our paths can go months without crossing. (I will say that my ability to run into him in the dining area at suppertime has been uncommonly bad.)
“There have been hit-and-run moments. A hello at a doorway on in the elevator after the game’s over. A 60-second chat about Australia before the Dodgers took their trip there in 2014. A few scattered phone interviews, and yes, I will admit, like so many others have, I saved his voice long after I no longer needed the recording.
“The most continuous time I’ve spent with Vin is in two sit-down, in-person interviews, and I cherish having had those opportunities, to have him talk to me directly and ask him questions directly. But here’s what I want to emphasize …
“If you’ve met Vin, it’s an unforgettable thing. But if you’ve listened to him on a broadcast, you’ve met him. He is talking to you then, no differently than he has talked to me or so many of those he has spent a great deal more time with him. The thing about a Vin broadcast is, it’s intimate. It is family. Maybe he hasn’t shaken your hand or said your name, but you are paramount in his thoughts.
“Listening to him over these final few days, his voice and words and all the memories and feelings behind them, I’ve realized how much they touch me as if he were speaking in my physical presence. I feel fortunate to have met Vin, but I don’t feel more fortunate than anyone who at any point in the past 67 seasons was able to listen to him.”
= Previous Scully media memory stories:
= Ross Porter, Charley Steiner and Dick Enberg
= Joe Davis
= Fred Claire
= Derrick Hall
= Josh Rawitch
= Joe Jareck
= Mark Langill
= Toby Zwikel
= Steve Brener
= John Olguin
= Brent Shyer