Save Ross Porter NOW!
As if choking away a division lead wasn't enough to rile up Dodgers fans (now just two and a half games), this will really get everyone upset. Today's nugget of lunacy comes in Larry Stewart's column, where he reports the Dodgers are considering dropping Ross Porter from its broadcast team next year. Stop right there!
Getting rid of Ross Porter would be an absolutely tragic mistake. For 28 years, Dodgers fans have listened to Porter bring them baseball games with a smooth Oklahoma drawl and a penchant for minutiae.
"The Dodgers are 7-3 on Tuesdays," Porter might say. "And that will bring up Shawn Green. In day games, played on artificial turf, against left-handed pitchers, after the 5th inning, with runners on base, Shawn is hitting .288."
Yeah, it seems a little silly, but we still love him. Sure, Porter is no Vin Scully, but no one is.
Rumor has it that the Dodgers are considering bringing in Matt Vasgersian or Don Sutton. LAist would not be opposed to the idea of the Dodgers bringing in a fourth play-by-play announcer, as Scully continues to take time off as he gets older, and we think Vasgersian is even a fine announcer (Don Sutton bores us, though). But getting rid of Porter would be sacrilegious.
The man behind all this is new Dodger marketing pinhead, Lon Rosen, the same guy who thought a mascot was a great idea before every Dodger fan told him it wasn't. If Rosen thinks some 12 year old will put down his skateboard and listen to a Dodger game on the radio because Matt Vasgersian made some indirect reference to a Pink Floyd song, then he is greatly mistaken.
The Dodgers have thrived for years by producing broadcasts with class and traditional charm, broadcasts which are free of the gimmicks most networks try to insert in baseball these days. LA fans like listening to old-school guys with mellifluous voices like Scully, Porter, or even Rick Monday tell us stories while describing what's on the field of play.
Rosen also believes that the Dodgers need a color man, and LAist again thinks he's wrong. Most baseball color commentators sound either dumb or annoying, and seldom bring anything valuable to a broadcast. Between Tommy Davis, Eric Davis, Eric Karros, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, or Al Downing, LAist thinks Karros might be the best of the lot, but we'd much prefer the color commentator-free broadcasts which have made the Dodgers unique all these years. Maybe Karros can do play-by-play?
Anyhow, if you are as outraged as we were about the possibility of Ross Porter being dumped, then we suggest you write Lon Rosen a letter at his Dodger Stadium office. Don't let him get away with this.