Alexander: Celebrating, and hanging on to, Dodgers’ Spanish voice Jaime Jarrin

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “The first thing Mr. Walter O’Malley did was to hire a helicopter and fly over Los Angeles and see the demographics of Southern California, and he said, ‘Jaime, I am going to give them something in their own language so they can really enjoy the game.’ And I have been fortunate to be the link, to be the spokesperson for the Dodgers and to reach the Hispanic community.”His philosophy is that his listeners work a long, hard day and deserve the enjoyment of a ballgame at its end. Beyond that, he has provided a connection, a way for immigrants to assimilate and an opportunity for a multi-faceted community, with people from many different Central and South American backgrounds, to connect through baseball.He has another role, too, a valuable one for us English-speakers who struggle with Español.“I understand in the Spanish classes at the universities and colleges here, the teachers used to tell them to listen to the Dodgers broadcast in Spanish,” Jarrín said. “Probably they still do.”If they respond to the flight of a home run with “Se va, se va, se va” … yes, that would be a [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on TwitterDodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, back, works a game with Fernando Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Jerome T. Nakagawa) Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img “When I started with the Dodgers in 1959 at the Coliseum, the Latinos coming to the ballgames were about eight percent,” he said. “Now, at Dodger Stadium, they tell me it’s around 46 percent Latinos. And if you go during a game and take a walk around the ballpark inside, you will hear as much Spanish as English.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.And, as he noted, those fans no longer just sit in the pavilions or the general admission seats at the top of the park, but throughout the stadium.There have been a number of factors, of course, in the uptick in Latino support. The phenomenon that was Fernando Valenzuela made a difference (and Jarrín, as the pitcher’s interpreter to English-speaking audiences, had a part in that, too). A heritage of Spanish-speaking Dodger stars has helped, a list from Manny Mota to Kiké Hernández that includes such luminaries as Pedro Guerrero, Ramón Martínez, Adrián Beltré, Raúl Mondesí, César Izturis, Rafael Furcal and Adrián González.But Jarrín has been the constant in forging that link between the Dodgers and Southern California’s Spanish-speaking community. Thursday’s announcement of a two-year contract extension, meaning that he will continue to do games through at least 2020, and Friday’s Ring of Honor ceremony before the series opener against the Padres further reinforce his importance to the franchise.Is he the Spanish-speaking Vin Scully? Or was Scully the English-speaking Jaime Jarrín? Doesn’t matter. Both are Hall of Famers, dear friends, and indelibly linked with the Dodgers as the only baseball broadcasters to spend six decades with one team.And now Jarrín, at age 82 and blessed with good health, an elegant style and indefatigable enthusiasm, is working a Scully schedule. He skipped three road trips this year, the first time in all these years he’s taken more than a two-week break at midseason, and he will likely do so in future seasons as well.“It’s not that I don’t like traveling,” he said. “I enjoy traveling. I enjoy seeing my friends on the road, seeing my colleagues, talking to them, trying to grasp as much as possible from my colleagues. But leaving my family for such a long time alone, it’s tough. It is getting tougher. My wife, Blanca, she has been a champion. She is the one who really deserves all the accolades.”The backstory by now is familiar. Jarrín arrived in Southern California in 1955, a journey with Blanca that started by boat from Ecuador to Tampa, followed by a cross-country Greyhound trip to L.A.  He knew little about baseball when he arrived but soon became intrigued by the Pacific Coast League, the best L.A. had at the time.When Walter O’Malley brought the Dodgers to town in 1958, Jarrín was the news and sports director of radio station KWKW. The station reached an agreement to do the games in Spanish, Jarrín was given a year to prepare, and in 1959 he started a job that has captivated him all these years.He ticked off three reasons for his longevity:• He still sincerely loves the game. “I can do two games every day, seven days a week,” he said. “I love what I do. I take advantage of the fact I have the best seat in the stadium.”• His wife has been amazingly supportive. And one of his sons, Jorge, is now his partner in the booth.Jorge handles the statistical analysis, while Jaime provides the stories and the historical perspective. If that sounds like Scully … well, for the first eight years KWKW aired the games, before the Spanish broadcasters were allowed to travel, Jarrin would do recreations off of the English broadcasts of Scully and Jerry Doggett. He readily admits he picked up some good habits along the way.• The third reason? “I landed with the Dodgers, an organization that really, really respects my community,” he said.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — There are two ways to measure the impact of Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish language Voice of the Dodgers, on the community that has followed his broadcasts for the last six decades.One is word of mouth.“The best compliment that I have gotten,” he said this week, “is that when I am walking on the streets, when I go into a restaurant, when I am going shopping, people approach me and they tell me, ‘Mr. Jarrín, my grandfather used to hear you every single day. My mother followed the Dodgers thanks to you.’ Then I (say), ‘Well, we grew up together then.’ That hits me very deeply and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do that.”The other measure? Look at the composition of the crowds in the ballpark. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oh, sister: Venus Williams beats Serena at Indian Wells

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Venus faced two break points in the next game, but got bailed out on Serena’s consecutive forehand errors to get to deuce. Venus hung on from there to end their 29th meeting.“Missing shots that I never miss, and so close,” Serena said. “At least they’re in the margin. I’m getting there. It’s not exactly where I want to be, but I’ll get there eventually.”Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.“I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there,” Serena said last weekend. “It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.”It was obvious at the net when they greeted each other with a one-arm hug and neither smiled. Venus did her usual victory pirouette, but still didn’t smile.A stone-faced Serena exited the court to cheers, pointing her right index finger in the air.Serena was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since ending a 14-month absence during which she gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr. and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sat courtside.“It’s good that I don’t have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost,” Serena said. “My room for improvement is incredible.”Typically, the sisters wouldn’t meet until the later rounds of a tournament. But 36-year-old Serena was unseeded in this event. Venus is seeded eighth.Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It was their earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.“That’s going to be a huge story, maybe the story of the year,” men’s No. 1 Roger Federer said of Serena’s comeback. “Hopefully, she decides to play a lot and enjoy herself in the process and get back to who knows how high? It almost doesn’t matter, but it would just be amazing to see her do it now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut this night belonged to Aunt Venus.She closed out the 1 ½-hour match on her second match point when Serena’s forehand service return sailed long. It was one of Serena’s 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side. “I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” Venus said on court afterward. “She just came roaring back. I had chances for the match to be over, but it wasn’t.”Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 mph and 120 mph.“I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does,” Serena said. “She served very consistently. She just did everything great.”Venus raced out to leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the second set. Serena’s shot went wide to set up her sister’s first match point. But Serena cracked a backhand winner down the line for deuce. Venus’ forehand was long and she double-faulted away the game to make it 5-3.Serena held to trail 5-4 with an ace and a clean winner.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I think she’s going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later,” Venus said.The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001. A packed stadium awaited their semifinal but shortly before the match was to begin Venus withdrew with a right knee injury.Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. Venus and her father Richard were greeted with boos as they made their way to their seats, with some fans believing Richard had been behind Venus’ withdrawal.Richard Williams said he heard racial slurs from the crowd and he paused to shake his fist at them. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert.After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.Both sisters have been greeted warmly by fans each time they’ve played here since that turbulent time.“It never crossed my mind,” Venus said. Venus Williams, right, hugs opponent and sister Serena Williams after defeating Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby. The other is rejuvenated at 37, back in the world’s top 10.An unwanted rivalry with roots going back 20 years had its latest chapter Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, with Venus Williams beating sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round for her first win over her younger sibling since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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