Very few broadcasters last even 20 years with a team, let alone 30 or 40. Dodgers fans have been spoiled for basically their entire time in Los Angeles, having Vin Scully from 1950 through 2016 and Jaime Jarrín from 1959 until … well, that’s the sad part. Jarrín will be retiring following this season after 64 years in L.A.’s Spanish-language broadcast booth.
For Spanish speaking Dodger fans, Jarrín has been every bit as meaningful as Scully was, providing a connection to their team and a bridge between generations of fans.
Comedian George Lopez grew up in one of those Spanish-speaking, Dodgers-loving families, and he wrote a tribute to Jarrín in Variety. Lopez’s words paint a beautiful picture of the connection Jaime helped create between the team and its fans.
“Jaime Jarrín was your eyes and ears of a sport when you didn’t speak the language. He allowed you to understand it, he would tell you what he saw on the field and make you feel like you were there.”
Like Scully, Jarrín’s voice brings up memories of family for those who grew up listening to him.
“For me, hearing Jaime Jarrín’s voice is equivalent to the smell of my grandmother’s cooking and the warmth of her kitchen. …
“It’s a feeling that tells me I’m gonna be OK, no matter what else is going on. And like my grandparents, Jaime Jarrín’s voice has been there for me my whole life. Funny thing is, I came to prefer listening to Jarrín call Dodger games and my grandfather preferred to listen to Vin Scully. Back in the days when people thought that children should be seen and not heard, we didn’t talk much. But baseball was something we did together.”
The Dodgers will honor Jarrín on tonight before their game against the Rockies, and it figures to be an emotional evening. It’s the end of an era for the Dodgers and their fans, and if you grew up listening to Jaime Jarrín, Lopez’s essay is worth a read.
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