Dodgers aren’t sure when Vin Scully will return
Still battling the cold that sidelined him for the Dodgers’ first two home games, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss his third consecutive game Thursday night.
The Dodgers are unsure of when Scully will return, said a team spokesman, who described the 84-year-old as “day to day.” In Scully’s absence, Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons have called the games on Prime Ticket.
Scully missed only his second home opener in his 63 years with the club.
Aware that Scully didn’t call their 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Dodgers players wished him a quick recovery.
“I hope he gets well soon,” Matt Kemp said.
Andre Ethier, who hit the winning home run in that game, said, “It’s not a fun day when Vin doesn’t announce. It’s really not a fun day when he doesn’t announce on opening day. Hopefully, he has a speedy recovery.”
Clayton Kershaw receives award
Clayton Kershaw was presented the 2011 National League Cy Young Award by Fernando Valenzuela in a pregame ceremony. Valenzuela, a Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster, won the award in 1981.
Before Kershaw, Valenzuela was the last Dodgers left-hander to win the award.
Kershaw’s wife, Ellen, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Her pitch sailed high over the head of Cindy Ellis, wife of catcher A.J. Ellis.
On the subject of awards, Manager Don Mattingly revealed that he had to put his 1985 American League most-valuable-player trophy in an Indiana storage facility when he got divorced.
“I hope the auto payments keep getting made, so I don’t see it on ‘Storage Wars’ one day,” Mattingly said.
And, yes, Mattingly watches “Storage Wars,” an A&E reality show chronicling auctions for unpaid storage lockers.
Like father, like son
Jorge Jarrin, son of Hall of Fame Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, called his first game in the Dodgers’ Spanish telecast. Time Warner is carrying the Spanish-language telecasts, which are produced by Prime Ticket and will number 50 in total.
Jorge Jarrin’s debut fell on the 53rd anniversary of his father’s debut as a Dodgers broadcaster. Jaime Jarrin’s first game was the Dodgers’ 1-0 defeat to the Chicago Cubs on April 11, 1959.
“Those are big, big shoes to fill,” Jorge Jarrin said. “On the other hand, having been around it for so long and seeing my father do it, I have an advantage he didn’t have.”
Jorge Jarrin covered traffic for 26 years for KABC, where he was known was “Captain Jorge.”
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