Many of you have commented in the past about how you like to get an idea of what the job is like that we do here, so here’s an idea of what today was like.
This morning I went with Takashi Saito to the Nishiyamato Academy in Torrance, a school for Japanese students. Mostly it’s for the kids of Japanese nationals who work in Los Angeles. He also did this last year and it was a really interesting cultural experience for me, as I got to see Saito in his element – something that rarely happens during the year.
As I was watching Sammy get animated at the front of the room, it dawned on me that what I was seeing is exactly what he sees all day, every day, for the past two seasons. Everywhere he goes, no one speaks his language and everything that goes on around him is hard to understand. He’s one of the best players on our team and I truly wish there were a way to show his personality to all of you, so I’ll make that a goal for next season.
On a side note, all of you should keep your fingers crossed that he passes his driver’s test tomorrow, as he’s trying to get a California license. He has to take the written and driving test and we were joking about how he’ll be more nervous about that than pitching in front of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium.
In the early afternoon, we invited media to come down to the stadium to photograph and videotape the demolition that is taking place on the field level as part of the concourse renovation. For those of you on the field level, you’ll barely recognize the interior when you come back on Opening Day and we really believe this will be a huge step towards eliminating lines throughout that level, which is one of the biggest complaints we get at the Dodgers.
Then, much like all of you, I spent the afternoon in a meeting. For me, we were meeting with Liberman Broadcasting, who own and operate KHJ, our new Spanish-language radio station as well as several other local stations on radio and TV. The other part of my job that’s not public relations is broadcasting, and as we start a new partnership with them for the next three years, today we got the chance to go over all the different ways we can help one another and utilize their resources to reach Dodger fans and our resources to reach their listeners.
We’re also cranking through the rest of that Season in Review guide that I mentioned before, as well as hopefully tying up the loose ends on an English radio deal. We appreciate all your feedback over the past couple years and have certainly taken it into account as we try to find a radio home for Dodger baseball on the radio in 2008 and beyond.