Job hunting is a slow process. This year is slower than ever.
We dream of having lots of time on our hands during times we’re working only to suddenly find we have too much.
The job search might take me a while, but I can assure you my ability to speak Spanish is going to be greatly improved.
I’ve tried for years to become fluent. Little kids do it all the time, so why not me?
Baseball is my summer (fall, spring and winter too) passion. So I decided to combine the two, baseball and Spanish to see if it helps.
My teacher is Jaime Jarrin.
He is a Hall Of Famer yet most baseball fans outside of Los Angeles have never heard of him.
Many Los Angeles Fans don’t know him either. Jaime broadcasts the Dodgers in Spanish. It’s something he’s done since 1959.
The Dodger broadcast booth must be a great place to work. Vin Scully started when they were still the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Learning Spanish should be simple. I’m using Rosetta Stone, Learn Spanish Like Crazy and Spanish broadcasts of LA Dodger games.
Each night I record the game then listen later in evening. Jaime, Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela make up the broadcast team.
It helps when the game is televised. I can see the action and listen to the commentary.
Little by little I can tell the improvement. Now it is easy to understand almost all of the play by play. Occasionally the comments are difficult to get but I can always stop the ‘tape’ and listen again.
Jarrin is good. Real good. No wonder he’s is a Baseball Hall Of Famer.
The Dodgers should consider using him on the English broadcasts too, certainly on television. He knows the game and tells interesting stories.
Adding him to television would help the Dodgers broaden the appeal for the telecasts and bring a new audience to their games.
Most of all, it would allow Dodger fans to hear a great broadcaster.
Pepe and Fernando deserve a shot at TV too. The whole team is that good.
Oh, and my scouting report on the Dodgers? Watch out. This team can play.