Read George Lopez’s salute to Dodgers voice Jaime Jarrín

Comedian George Lopez on Wednesday paid tribute to longtime Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, who is due to be honored this week in Los Angeles after announcing his retirement last year.

In a poignant essay for Variety, Lopez reflected on how Jarrín’s Spanish-language shows fueled his love for baseball and helped bring his family closer. Jarrín, the longest-serving broadcaster in Major League Baseball, will soon be saying goodbye to the Dodgers for good after 64 seasons.

“Jaime Jarrín was your eyes and ears of a sport when you didn’t speak the language,” Lopez wrote. “He allowed you to understand, he told you what he saw on the field and made you feel like you were there.”

The 61-year-old actor recalled attending his first game at Dodger Stadium as a child with his grandparents, who “didn’t speak English well”. According to Lopez, everyone at the ballpark heard English-language station Vin Scully and Spanish-language station Jarrín calling the game on transistor radios.

“To me, hearing Jaime Jarrín’s voice is synonymous with the smell of my grandmother’s kitchen and the warmth of her kitchen,” Lopez continued.

“It’s a feeling that tells me I’ll be fine no matter what else happens. And like my grandparents, Jaime Jarrín’s voice has been with me all my life. The funny thing is that now I prefer listening to Jarrín Call Dodger games and my grandfather prefers Vin Scully. Back when people thought children should be seen and not heard, we didn’t talk much. But baseball was something we did together.”

Lopez is one of the countless baseball fans living in the United States and abroad who know, love and rely on Jarrín as “the Spanish voice of the Dodgers.” Later in life, the sitcom star even came to know Jarrín personally as a “really special person” as well as a “talented broadcaster.”

“He’s a little bit regal,” Lopez wrote. “He always speaks to everyone with a lot of respect, no matter who you are, but there’s a humor and warmth that he instills in you from the start.

“It’s not something you ever feel you have to earn with him. He picks you up, he puts his hand on your shoulder. He speaks directly to you. That’s so different from a lot of the men I grew up with.”

The Dodgers will give the Southern California icon a warm send-off during Saturday’s “Jaime Jarrín Night” at the stadium before their take on the Colorado Rockies. Read Lopez’s full appreciation for the sports legend here. Read George Lopez’s salute to Dodgers voice Jaime Jarrín

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