Photo by Thomas Forman
Dodgers fans of all ages packed the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Monday, January 29 for Baseball Night, featuring a conversation with LA Dodgers broadcaster star, Joe Davis. The event allowed fans to connect with Davis while learning more about him and his job as a broadcaster.
Baseball Night began with acknowledgements towards South Pasadena City Council members, the South Pasadena Review, and the South Pasadenan publications. Following was Davis’ conversation with moderator Houston Mitchell, the Assistant Sports Editor for the Los Angeles Times. A question-and-answer session with the audience was held for the remainder of the evening.
The discussion commenced by addressing Davis’ thoughts regarding the World Series Game 7. Despite this being a sensitive topic for the Dodgers, Davis joked around, maintaining the lighthearted atmosphere in the room.
The discussion focused on the process Davis underwent when he received his job as a Dodgers broadcaster and how he handles the responsibility. Davis explained the amount of research he has to put in before the game, on both the opposing team and the Dodgers’ team. Using this research, he creates stories regarding the players.
“The hard thing [about broadcasting] is keeping those stories fresh. I understand that not everyone is listening to every pitch, but I don’t want to repeat the same stories over and over again,” Davis explains.
The conversation briefly touched on Davis’ childhood, where he expressed his gratitude towards his parents.
“There was one point in college where I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer,” Davis said, “but my parents told me ‘no you’re not, you’re going to do what you have always dreamt of doing.’ That’s just one example of [my parents] supporting me and knowing what I’ve always dreamt of doing.’”
Shortly after, the event proceed to the question-and-answer session with the audience. Audience members asked Davis questions varying from his opinion of listening to himself on TV to how hard he pushed himself.
The night lasted an hour, with many staying after for Davis’ autograph.
“It’s great that the city of South Pasadena is doing something like this for Dodger fans like us to see great announcers like Joe Davis,” attendee Mary Jones said.