Vin Scully memories from the media: Mark Langill

Dodgers team historian Mark Langill, center, with xxx Woerner, left, and xxx Perez, right (Photo provided by Mark Langill/Dodgers)

Dodgers team historian Mark Langill, center, with Justine Woerner, left, and Miranda Perez, right (Photo provided by Mark Langill/Dodgers)

They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office.  As “Vin Scully Appreciation Night” arrives along with memories of his greatest calls, here are more of their stories:

Mark Langill, the Dodgers team historian since 2002 as it was given to him by Derrick Hall, allowed us the pleasure of sharing an evening with him at the Sierra Madre Library recently for Vin Scully story time.
The former Pasadena Star-News Dodgers beat writer and Cal State Northridge journalism graduate who was born on the date of the Dodgers’ 1965 home opener (April 20) joined the organization in 1994.
He told us about how he had covered the Dodgers for six season and finally made his first road trip on a plane to Pittsburgh one July. He came out of the plane’s restroom and looked up — and there was Scully, “sitting in first class reading a thick military novel with his glasses half down on the bridge of his nose. He looked up and say, ‘Hiya, Mark.’
“It was one of those moments when it’s like going through the looking glass. It’s as if you’re now going to see behind the scenes of this incredible world you followed as a kid.”
Langill has plans of traveling to San Francisco to watch the final Dodgers-Giants games as a fan in the AT&T Park stands.
“I just want to be there, sit in the stands, listen to the broadcast later …” he said with a pause. “Just fly up there in the morning, enjoy the game, then hurl myself into the bay and it’ll all be over.”
Langill’s dry humor goes to this extreme: “If I was in the electric chair and he was doing the call, I’d be rooting for him because he always makes it sound so interesting and exciting.”
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Vin Scully memories from the media: Joe Jareck

Joe Jareck, left, and Vin Scully, at a ceremony for Clayton Kershaw's 2011 Cy Young Award announcement. (Photo by Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Joe Jareck, left, and Vin Scully, at a ceremony for Clayton Kershaw’s 2011 Cy Young Award announcement. (Photo by Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers)

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:

imagesJoe Jareck, the current senior director of public relations for the Dodgers, has been with the organization for the last 11 years. He shares these stories:

“When I was hired in January of 2006, I picked up and left my whole life in New Jersey to come to L.A. and really didn’t know anyone outside of Josh Rawitch, who had just hired me. Now, I know you hear stories about how when we hire someone, they always have the story, ‘Then Vin Scully called me …’ But really, the first day I got here, I’m meeting people and really just pinching myself as to what’s going on. It’s finally about 4:15 or 4:30 in the afternoon, the day is winding down, and the phone on my desk rings. I haven’t given this number out to a soul yet. I’m thinking, ‘How did my dad get this number already?’ I pick up the phone and hear, ‘Joe, it’s Vin Scully and I just wanted to welcome you to the Dodgers.’ I could barely breathe. I have no idea what I said back to him. There were these things I was ready to tell my family about my first day, but all I could get out was that Vin had called me. It kind of tells you what he means to people who are fans of the game. He may have seen a press release that went out about my hiring, and he could have called later, but that’s why he is who he is.
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Weekly media notes version 09.22.16: Si, se puede (Yes, it’s possible) ESPN move speaks volumes in FS1’s L.A. backyard

In addition to notes posted Thursday about the launch of the Fox drama series “Pitch,” here are more things worth posting now heading into the weekend:

If only Regis Philbin had been bilingual — and we can’t be sure he isn’t — imagine how the launch of Fox Sports 1 could have been so very diferente.
The current L.A.-based FS1 tries to recycle in more talking older males (white, black) to supposedly broaden the genre of vapid sports gab, yet ESPN has countered in a language all its own with a combination of “SportsNation” and “Nacion ESPN” as it has been airing on ESPN Deportes.
A one-hour weekly show from the ESPN L.A. studios in LA Live, also called “Nacion ESPN,” aims to debut on Monday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 by filling a niche of an interactive show “dedicated to covering the most relevant and diverse sports news and information tailored to young, bilingual U.S. Hispanic sports fans,” as per the network mission statement.
Jorge Sedano, a co-host of the recently launched KSPN-AM (710) show with Keyshawn Johnson and LZ Granderson, will be on the set with boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna and baseball writer Marly Rivera as they, according to the press release, “reflect a dynamic Hispanic population, promoting culturally relevant content and information they want in the most authentic manner and in the language they prefer.”
It also promoted the fact that sponsors such as Toyota, Allstate, Gillette and Taco Bell are on board to target an important demographic.
We echo the sentiment of Alex Putterman at AwfulAnnouncing.com: Criticize ESPN for a lot of stuff, but not about diversity, in light of the recent launch of The Undefeated. This can only lead to a website that will make an even greater impact — and financial return — for the company.

== For those who missed the announcement of the Clippers’ making a six-year deal with Prime Ticket/Fox Sports West/Fox Sports San Diego to continue their local rights arrangement, the interesting aspect is how this keeps the Steve Ballmer plan of trying to expand digital rights.
Our Dan Woike quotes Steve Greenberg from Allen & Co., who worked on the deal, as saying the NBA was excited about this venture.
“The league is all for experimenting and finding our way to the future,” Greenberg said.
Our sources, however, intimate that Ballmer was not completely happy that the NBA shot down his idea of full digital product distribution and is not trying to give any one team an advantage over another in this media platform. The NBA is careful to do its own R&D on the subject before handing it off and the league will always have final approval of ideas like this.

spectrum== Officially, the merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Cable are to be called Spectrum on all branding opportunities. Including references to the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA (as we saw first from Tuesday’s telecast) and the Lakers’ Spectrum SportsNet.
It scrubs all traces of a Time Warner Cable connection to the distribution of SportsNet LA and tries to throw a new cloak over the partnership as a fresh start.
Is the rebranded AT&T/DirecTV impressed?

== West Hills Chaminade (3-1), ranked No. 15 in the latest MaxPreps.com California state poll, travels to Gardena Serra (1-3) for the CIF-SS high school footbal game of the week on Prime Ticket (Friday, 7:30 p.m., Sam Farber and Chris Rix, with John Jackson on assignment Friday with USC, and Michelle Margaux on the sidelines)
The rest of the schedule on PrepZone and Fox Sports Go (all are Friday at 7 p.m.): St. Bonaventure at Hart (Dennis Ackerman and Lorenzo Booker), Murrieta Valley at Oaks Christian (David Caldwell and Tony Moskal), Rancho Cucamonga at Citrus Hill (Paul Westphal and Chris Hale) and Kaiser at Serrano (Fred Salas and Ralph Brown).
Prime Ticket has also announced it will take the Rancho Cucamonga-Upland game as the Oct. 7 selection, with JSerra-Orange Lutheran, Hart-Valencia, Vista Murrieta-Murieta Valley and Calabasas-Westlake on the PrepZone.

== Fox reports 1.298 million viewers saw a Major League League telecast last Sunday on its network — the largest audience for an MLS game of any kind on any network in 12 years. The Galaxy’s 2-2 draw at Kansas City, highlighted by Landon Donovan’s late goal, had an 11 a.m. broadcast and went to markets that aired a late NFL game — such as the Fox coverage of the Rams’ home opener against Seattle. Except in L.A., as KTTV-Channel 11 decided to carry an otherwise horrific expanded three-hour pregame mess hosted by … let’s not even go there … the Galaxy-K.C. game was dumped on KCOP-Channel 13, losing all leverage it had as an NFL-adjacent program. In other markets with an early NFL game, Fox sent the Toronto-New York Red Bulls contest in the 5 p.m. EDT slot.

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Why wouldn’t new TV series ‘Pitch’ pitch itself to Scully?

pitch-s1_27-ginny-dugout_3027As the producers of the new baseball-based drama “Pitch” were mulling ways to incorporate their unique ability to use real team names, real ballparks and real broadcasters through its negotiated tie-in with Major League Baseball, the thought has occurred: Why not ask if Vin Scully could be part of this?
The premise is all about how Ginny Baker (played by Kylie Bunbury, the daughter of a former pro soccer player), after five years in the minor leagues, is pushed into the spotlight as the first female MLB pitcher. There are plenty of comparisons to a Jackie Robinson-like storyline about to unfold — aside from the fact that she, like Robinson, is black.
Who better than Scully to bridge those two moments, even if we’re all just pretending right now that it’s really happening?
We asked co-creator Rick Singer that and more

 

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Vin Scully memories from the media: Josh Rawitch

(Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2009)

(Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2009)

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:

cry-lpuw8aavdaq“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.

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