My first ceremonial pitch in the big leagues

My  first  ceremonial  pitch  in  the  big  leagues

The  Dodgers  have  graciously  invited  me  to  throw  out  the  ceremonial  first  pitch  before  Saturday’s   6:10  game  against  the

Padres.  This  will  be  my  debut  in  the  major  league  ceremonial  first  pitch  club.    On  July  1  this  summer,  the  Dodgers

class  A  farm  club  in  Rancho Cucamonga  afforded  me  the  same  honor  before  their  contest  with  Inland  Empire.  The  good

news  that  night  was  the  fact  I  did  not  bounce  my  pitch.  The  bad  news  was  that  the  ball  was  low  and  inside,  and  not

a  strike.

My  colleague  in  the  Dodger  broadcast  booth  for  28  years,  Vin  Scully,  has  had  experience  making  these  pitches  so  he

offered  me  two  pieces  of  advice  this  week.

Number  1………….Don’t  throw  off   the  mound  which  is  60  feet  6  inches  from  home  plate.  Move  to  level  ground  in  front

of  the  pitching  hill  which  is  more  like  50  feet  6  inches.

Number  2………….Throw  the  pitch  high  so  you  take  no  chances  the  ball  will  hit  the  dirt  in  front  of  the  catcher  whose

identity  at  this  moment  has  not  been  disclosed.  The  Dodgers  are  probably  looking  for  volunteers.

If  you  are  at  Dodger  Stadium  on  Saturday, ( and  they  are  giving  away  Clayton  Kershaw  replica  jerseys  at  the  game, )

say  a  prayer  that  the  baseball  I  deliver  will  stay  in  the  air  throughout  its  journey.   Thank  you,  kind souls.

 

12 Comments

  1. Ron Antonette
    Aug 26, 2013

    What a terrific and well-deserved honor! Practice throwing strikes across a residential street … that’s about the right distance.

  2. Michael Green
    Aug 26, 2013

    Mr. Porter, I am thrilled that you are returning to Dodger Stadium. Bless you, and bless the management.

  3. bill bleuel
    Aug 26, 2013

    I expect it will be a fast ball high and inside. Good luck; what ever the outcome, you will be the game winner

  4. Scott G.
    Aug 26, 2013

    Congrats, Ross.

    Luckily we still have Vin announcing games, but it sure would be a lot nicer to have you still working games as well.

    Good luck on that throw!

  5. DAVID CARROLL
    Aug 27, 2013

    ROSS,ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE SEEMINGLY MILLIONS OF YOUR DEVOTED LISTENERS,THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR YEARS OF GREAT BROADCASTS AND STORIES.I WOULD SOMEHOW WISH THAT YOU COULD DO THE BROADCASTS AGAIN.THANK YOU,ROSS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU YOUR WIFE AND YOUR FAMILY—DAVID CARROLL,EAGLE ROCK,CALIFORNIA.

  6. Marya Kelly
    Aug 27, 2013

    What a milestone in your career to have broadcast six hours plus in Montreal. How amazing that you did not even have a sore throat afterwards. My favorite part of the vignette is that Lovely Lin was by your side. A cherished memory on many levels.

  7. Marya Kelly
    Aug 27, 2013

    What a remarkable accomplishment to have that kind of a record in broadcasting. Six hours plus of broadcasting and no sign of a sore throat afterwards. My favorite part of the vignette is that you had Lovely Lin by your side. A cherished memory on so many levels.

  8. Michael Chupa
    Aug 30, 2013

    I can’t tell you, Ross, how happy I was to hear that you’ll be throwing out the first pitch this Saturday at Dodger Stadium!

    You are a part of the fabric of Dodger history, and I’m glad the Guggenheim folks recognize that – we, as true fans, certainly do.

    I hope that perhaps you might sit in with Vin or Charley & Rick to catch up for a few innings. We miss you you and are happy to have you back in the fold!

  9. Roy Morris
    Aug 31, 2013

    I am glad to hear you are around and doing well. I once had the pleasure of talking to on your radio talk show. You were very kind and you knew how to talk to me personally as well as your radio audience. I was very much at ease with it. I miss hearing your voice on the Dodger games. I would certainly prefer hearing your voice over the current away tv voices (Collins, etc). They will never match your style.

  10. Rory Brannum
    Sep 1, 2013

    Congratulations on the honor, which is much-deserved.

  11. Jonny Fair
    Sep 25, 2013

    Mr. Porter, you, Red Barber, Jerry Doggett, Don Drysdale, Rick Monday & Vin Scully are THE GREATEST VOICES IN THE HISTORY OF DODGER BASEBALL. YOU my friend need to tell Magic Johnson to get you back into the booth for the guy they replaced you with.

    Back in 2004, I let the Dodgers know quite vociferously what a huge mistake they made & history has proved me right. Please Ross , please get back into the Dodger booth in ANY way possible. You have a golden voice, excellent delivery & untouchable knowledge that is sorely missed. Thank you Mister Porter, & the best to you & yours.

  12. Larry Guerrero
    Nov 8, 2013

    Three months later, I find out you came back HOME. As a kid I never missed the games on old AM 790 KABC. I listened religiously to you, and Scully announce, many many games. You painted a picture so great in my mind it will remain with me for the rest of my life. I miss the good ole’ days of of listening to you call games on T.V and radio. I’m only sorry that the organization took so long to invite such a Los Angeles icon back home. Have peace in knowing that many people in Southern California feel the same way I do. I could only hope they would invite you back to the booth, for GOOD.
    Thank You , for being a big part of my life.

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