Saturday, May 12, 2007
Interviewer Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle says it best: "This is my eleventh season covering major league baseball. I received my first Hall of Fame vote this year. But I still become a child every time I hear your voice and your voice."
The voices he is referring to are those of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting legends Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin, two announcers who have combined for more than 100 years of service to the team. Both are members of the Hall of Fame's announcers wing: Scully was honored for his contributions to the game in 1982, Jarrin in 1998.
The most jarring thing about this video is Scully's appearance vs. his voice. For the first twenty seconds, while Ortiz sets up the interview for the audience, Scully sits idly by and waits to be addressed. He looks like any other 80-year-old man. Then his mouth opens and magic happens. No exaggeration. He talks and you can almost hear sixty years of history in his voice. Does that make sense?
Jarrin also comes off as likeable - I might compare him to Red Sox radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione, only Jarrin announces the games in Spanish and with a much stronger voice than Duke's father. He just seems like the type of guy who loves baseball, loves the team he works for and possesses almost unlimited knowledge about the game. I envy those who have the chance to listen to either of these guys on a regular basis (although NESN's Orsillo and Remy are two of the best in the business, in my opinion, so I'm lucky to have them).