The Los Angeles Dodgers home opener is on Friday against the San Francisco Giants, and a familiar voice will be flowing through attendees’ ears throughout the entire game. Ross Porter, former radio and television broadcaster for the Dodgers from 1977-2004, will be the public address announcer for Friday’s game.
According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, Porter had a few words to share regarding how honored he is to be back at the stadium doing what he loves most:
I was appreciative of the fact they asked me to do this this year, Porter said. It’s a special honor to do on Opening Day. That’s nice, and I’m looking forward to that. It’s gonna be exciting just to be with the fans, to be able to speak to the fans. I’m just happy to be there and be back.
The Dodgers current P.A. announcer, Eric Smith has been with the team for over ten seasons, has a previous commitment during the Dodgers home opener. Although Smith’s absence is a major reason as to why Porter is taking over for a game, the Dodgers are very excited to welcome back a man who had been a part of the organization for so many years as well. Most recently, Porter had thrown out the first pitch during a game last August.
The former Dodger broadcaster will stay involved with the organization in another way throughout this season. After the end of various Dodger games, KLAC 570 will be featuring “Ross Porter’s Dodger Moments,” a collection of short pieces highlighting various past Dodger players and moments through a series of interviews with these former Dodgers.
Interestingly enough, many of these interviews will come from Porter’s personal library which he has held onto throughout the years. Sandy Koufax is the first Dodger legend lined up for Porter’s post game series, with Willie Mays and Don Drysdale being featured in later episodes as well.
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