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:
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John Olguin, the VP of Communications with Chip Ganassi Racing, worked for the Dodgers from 1991 to 2005 as a vice president of public relations. He shares about Scully:
“I had the luxury of working with Vin for about 14 years with the Dodgers in a number of different capacities. I started working with him as an intern and by the time I left as vice president of public relations. When you grow up in Southern California you grow up listening to Vin so it is a little worrisome when you know you are going to finally get to meet him because you don’t want your bubble to be burst in case he is not everything that you hope he will be. Well, the beauty of Vin Scully is that he is exactly what you think or hope he will be. In fact, he is that and so much more.
“It doesn’t matter if you are an intern, fan, executive, celebrity or anyone else – he treats everyone the same. When he speaks to you, he has this ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in the world at that moment. Nobody leaves a meeting with Vin without feeling great. He has that much respect for everyone he comes in contact with.
“One fun memory for me was when I was an intern in 1991. ….
In the final home run of Vin Scully’s Dodger Stadium broadcasting career, the Dodgers players provided all the necessary drama and more to set the stage for one last virtuoso performance Sunday afternoon.
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As Vin Scully celebrates the Dodgers’ victory on his final Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Steve Brener, above, pumps his fist as well. (Credit: SportsNet LA)
They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office. As a week-long tribute to Scully ends at Dodger Stadium with the last of his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:
Steve Brener’s bio as president of BZAPR.com explains how the Grant High, L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge grad joined the Dodgers’ public relations/publicity staff in 1970 and when he was promoted to director of publicity at the age of 24, he was the youngest at his job in MLB history. He had an 18 year run with the team before eventually creating his own PR company with partner Toby Zwikel, and his career has circled back to working for the Dodgers — this year, in particular, organizing Scully interview requests.
There’s a Vin Scully-narrated commercial that SportsNet LA will occasionally air, his words overlaid on video of him gazing out of his press box booth and strolling across the outfield grass.
“When I walk inside the walls of cathedral-like Dodger Stadium, I hear the echoes of stories that brought crowds to their feet … and let’s face it, even tears to the eyes of the faithful,” he says.
In truth, Dodger Stadium does become very cathedral-like, albeit on a much smaller scale, every Sunday morning before a home game.
Inside that very same room where Scully told story after story during a final group Q-and-A session on Saturday, he will join some Dodger players, coaches and stadium employees in attending a Catholic Mass just hours before he goes to the broadcast booth for the final time in his 67-season career.
Amidst all the places Scully has been pulled this week, he remains drawn to the Mass. It has helped him get through some personal tragedies in his life, as well as a place to celebrate and be thankful for all he has received. More at this link …
They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office. As a week-long tribute to Scully at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games comes to a close, these are some of their stories:
Toby Zwikel, who spent seven years in the Dodgers’ organization as an assistant publicity director and head of publications, was a sportswriter and columnist for the L.A. Daily News at one point. Now a partner with Steve Brener at BZA public relations as they continue to work directly with the Dodgers, Zwikel shares these Scully memories:
“Having grown up in Chicago and gone to college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, I got to hear broadcasters such as Jack Brickhouse, Milo Hamilton and Harry Caray, among others. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1973, it was refreshing and illuminating to hear Vin.
“Covering the team as a writer in the late 1970s for the then Valley News was even more special on the occasions when our paths would cross. Then I had the privilege to work with Vin from 1981-88 in my first PR tour with the Dodgers. It provided still another opportunity to gain an up close and personal perspective of the man.
“No question, from every angle, he is incomparable. Regardless of the station of the person with whom he comes in contact, he always made you feel like you’d known him forever; like you had his undivided attention, even though he had to have a million things on his plate.