Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Magic Kingdom

(This is a letter I wrote which appeared in last Saturday's LA Times Sports Section, of May 24, 2008. Clearly it hit a nerve with the paper and was seen by millions in LA. The jig is up Frank and Jamie)

Glitz over game

The decision has been made at the top to make the Dodgers an attraction rather than a team, with Dodger Stadium more important than Dodgers baseball. The McCourts have other things to bother themselves with, such as the new concourse and the remodeling of the bathrooms, than to put together a winning franchise. Jamie and Frank know perfectly well what they are doing: The fans will continue to come to Dodger Stadium whether they are in first place by 10 games or in last place by 10 games.

This is a Los Angeles phenomenon. In no other city do you have the strange rotating fan base that the Dodgers have. In Los Angeles, it appears that the makeup of the Dodgers is suited to reflect L.A.'s own unprecedented brand of citizenry. Add to that the tourist dollar that fluidly comes to the ballpark as part of the Los Angeles experience, and you can understand why McCourt purchased the Dodgers in an effort to develop the land and bring us his long awaited dream: Dodgerland, set to open in 2012.

Anthony Forkush


Blogger JamieB. said...

This is something Dodger fans and the media don't talk about. Great stuff.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Tony Forkush said...

Suck my Al Campanis.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

Aint my fucking fault. Campanis is the fucking guy.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

But cereal, its seems the Dodgers have a making of a good. Stop laughing for a second. I think management needs to provide us with some decent hitters that can take pressure off of the pitchers. How can you go out there and bring your stuff when the guys behind you can't do their job?

This may be the managers fault, but I think it's the McCourts. Instead of giving us a player that is marketable, they need a steady young player of the future that will help us get over the hump.

We are close, but just like that missing ingredient, it taste a little flat. Tell me baseball friends, what is your opinion on what is missing?

4:48 PM  

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