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MLB: The McCourts and Their Abusive Relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers Fans

I didn’t choose to be Mexican. I didn’t chose to be Catholic. I didn’t choose to be left handed and I didn’t choose to be a Dodgers fan. These were all things I was born into. I did however choose not to be an ignorant sports fan.

Being born and raised in Los Angeles I have pledged my allegiance to all of my local teams.

But the Dodgers and baseball in general are my obsession. As a Dodgers fan I naturally hate the San Francisco Giants, their players, fans, and the city as a whole, BUT I do recognize that these players and people are in fact people.

I hate them for being Giants fans but I respect them for being fans of the game of baseball. I hate their players but still respect them as individuals and as athletes. I recognize that they have talent and that Tim Lincecum is a great pitcher. This makes me an educated fan.

Over the years its gotten to the point where I will go to opening day but really cringe at the thought of actually being in the stadium with the two other types of fans.

Ive come to categorize fans into three types.


The Casual Fan

This person, like my father, knows about the team and its location but doesn’t really know anyone who isn’t a huge name. This is the fan that will take the family out to a few games a year and will pretend to be interested when a game is on television by asking what the score is.

I firmly believe that NO ONE is allowed to ask who is playing because that should be obvious by looking at the uniforms.

This is the fan that makes up random stats hoping to sound like they know the sport. They are the ones that stand up with excitement when the ball is hit weakly to the outfield.


The Educated Fan

 I consider myself, and the fine people on bleacher report, a part of this group. There are many levels of this fan ranging from the ‘die-hard” to the “blogger” to the “fantasy baseball” type, but no matter how you slice it they are educated on the sport. We know our line ups and theirs, we know the stats and we are the ones that understand why baseball is not boring. WE CAN NAME THE BENCH PLAYERS!

We understand that its all about anticipation and appreciate the importance of every pitch. We are the ones that buy the whole seat but only need the edge. We understand that there’s a game within the game called “Strategy.”

We are the ones that think like mangers and GM’s. We are the ones that yell at the television because no matter what the woman in our lives think, us yelling WILL make our teams better.


The Left Field Pavilion Fan

These are a slight combination of the first two. They are casual enough to know the sport and some of its players but cling on to that one stat. They boo when we bunt and boo when we walk a batter to set up a double play. They randomly chant that someone sucks. They stab people in the parking lot and will forever wear their “Valenzuela” jersey even though they never saw him play.

These are the people who wear Dodgers gear in purple and gold. They are the Raider type Dodgers fans. They are the 4 Million people that go through those gates every year allowing the McCourts to keep on doing what they’re doing because these people have blind love for the Dodgers. They are essentially the bulk of the Dodgers economy, from the gear to the $12 beers, they fund the teams payroll.

In all honesty we need all three to stay alive and every team has these fans.

When we, the educated fans, call for a boycott of the McCourts and their foul play we will always fail. We simply do not have the numbers to matter. This is why I believe that unless something drastic happens in court, Bud Selig will never step in and remove the team from the McCourts. Revenue and attendance will continue to go up, just like the ticket prices, and payroll and wins will go down.

Our ownership may not be as important as our economy or the conflict in Iraq but it matters to me, it matters to millions across the country, across the world, spanning this and several generations of fans.

I once told Tommy Lasorda that he ruined my child hood in the 90’s. That his ego and terrible decision making was the reason why the Dodgers were a .500 team growing up. He called me a fool and waddled away.

This is what the McCourts are doing to us all. They are taking our money, while ruining what we love most and I’ll be the first one to tell you that its hard. Ive said it time and time again that I would not support them but I, like an abused woman, always go back for more. I tell myself that this time it will be different, that this year they will change.

I tell myself that they didn’t mean to make these horrible decisions but it never changes. Its never any different. Its hard for me to support the players while not supporting the McCourts financially. Everything I buy, every time I watch, and every time I attend games I put money in their pockets.

Frank McCourt once addressed his critics by saying that under his ownership the Dodgers won back to back NL WEST titles and made it to two NLCS. But it wanst his ownership or leadership that got us their. It was the farm players that were there BEFORE he bought the team. It was the work of Logan White and Kim Ng. It was Ned Colleti trading away Milton Bradley for Andre Eithier.

With his plan to raise prices and drop payroll over the next decade while only having five Dodgers on payroll through the end of this year, expect a long road of mediocracy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the Dodgers are not withing five or six games of first place at the half, expect a fire sale.

This is a Love/Hate. We love the Dodgers but we hate the Dodgers owners.

This new season starts in less than a month and I have my opening day tickets in hand.

Is this a lost cause? We need to come together as a whole and just stop attending. This will never happen. The casual fans wont care and the Pavilion People wont listen.

Until we can all unite in massive demonstration, even if its for a single weekend series or even one game. If we can have just one game with no attendance we will send the McCourts and Bud Selig a very loud message. We are the city of Los Angeles and regardless of who signs the paychecks, this team belongs to us.

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MLB Rumors: Could Albert Pujols go to the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Albert Pujols set a deadline to talk extension with the Cardinals, and they offered him less money than he wanted (reportedly in the $21 million per year range).

That’s a lot of money, but being that he is the best player in the history of baseball he wanted more. I’m backing him especially after seeing the contracts that Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford got this offseason.

He deserves to be the highest paid player.

Alex Rodriguez is getting $27.5 million per season on a 10-year contract he signed with the New York Yankees in ’08 at the age of 31. Pujols is currently 31 and will sign his last contract at the age of 32.

Ten years—$30million per year—in a heart beat if this was the last 10 years of his career. Over the last 10 years, only A-Rod has similar numbers but those come with a steroid scandal.

I don’t agree with the number. I agree that he is the best and should be paid the best but $30 million per year is ridiculous.

The stupid New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies contracts have inflated salaries to an all-time high and it has to stop.

It has to stop because the fans will ultimately pay for it. As great as he is, he won’t bring any city a championship on his own.

St. Louis has one championship with him. Even though they have two of the best pitchers in baseball and have Matt Holiday protecting him in the lineup, the Cards haven’t been past the first round since winning it all.

You need a team, not a player.

When the year is over the talks will begin again and where will he go? Who will dish out the money?

Not the White Sox. Their VP already said that $30 million per year is “asinine” and that he will not contribute to such garbage.

The Yanks and Phillies are set at first base for the next eight years.

The New York Mets are bleeding money and are trying to recover from the Madoff debacle.

The Red Sox have Adrian Gonzalez this year but are looking to resign him for similar numbers.

Who does that leave?

Well that leaves the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston (maybe), my Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals and the Nationals.

Albert Pujols will sign with one of those six teams unless something dramatic happens in the Northeast.

What will it take for the Dodgers to sign him? NedCo and McCheap will never give him $300 million EVER.

So what will they do?

I think that NedCo will offer a NedCo-type deal. Fewer years for more money based on incentives while front-loading it and giving a ton of it in deferred payments with interest.

They will publicly go after Pujols so that the fans will see that they are trying to sign the greatest player of all time. They will make a Mark Texiera type offer—seven to eight years instead of 10, as I don’t believe that Pujols can keep his average in five to six years.

At the age of 37-plus I don’t believe he can hit 41 HR/115 RBI/.320.

NedCo will offer something in the range of eight years and $260 million. That puts Pujols at $32.5 million per year.

That will make him the highest paid player ever in terms of yearly salary. This isn’t bad or an insult at all.

NedCo will front-load the contract for the first few years and make incentive-based to cap at $32.5 million per season like the Yanks did with Derek Jeter’s new contract.

Once Pujol hits year 5 of that contract, it will become incentive-based where he will hit those bonus dollars if he (for example):

Leads any of the Triple Crown categories at the end of the year

Wins the Triple Crown

Wins NL MVP 



Wins a Gold Glove

Plate appearances


HR numbers based on the average

This would make sense for ANY team signing him because it’s risky to give so much money to a 37+yr old. This will insure the Dodgers in the event of an Andruw Jones situation or if Pujols gets injured.

At the same time, NedCo loves the deferred payment plan. That will help ease the money situation on a yearly basis for the overall payroll.

It’s 2011, and the Dodgers are still paying Nomar Garciapara, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Jason Schmidt and Juan Pierre.

Thank God all those contracts end this year. That alone will free up over $40 million for the Dodgers at the end of the 2011 season.

Does anyone remember Bobby Bonilla?

Bonilla will earn $29.8 million between 2011 and 2035—more than he earned in his first contract with the Mets.

Yeah, I know that was a very, very unique circumstance but the Mets will pay this guy almost $2 million per year to sit at home.

I’m not saying to keep Pujols on contract for 50 years on deferred payments but the back end of that contract can be $5-$12 million yearly deferred.

But then there’s the the rest of the team.

Ted Lilly, Clayton Kershaw, Juan Uribe, James Loney and someone else…I forgot who, are the only Dodgers signed through 2012. Everyone else’s contracts expire this year.

That means the Dodgers will need to fight to keep Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Ox and Kuo. We still don’t have a catcher. There is no more Hiroki Kuroda/Beard or Rafael Furcal next year either.

(Oh, I think that 5th player is Bills.)

I honestly think that if the Dodgers are not in first or within five or six games of first at the half, expect a fire sale.

Pujols with Ethier and Kemp in a line up along with Mr. Doubles (Loney) would be rather sexy, but Pujols in a lineup by himself is stupid.

So before going after Pujols, NedCo needs to resign these guys to an extension before they become free agents.

That’s how I spent my time in line at Subway today.

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Vicente Padilla Re-Signs with Dodgers (and Some Notes)

A source confirms that Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla has been signed this morning to a one-year deal pending a physical this Thursday. Lets just hope he doesn’t shoot himself again.

The source says, “No, we are not talking to Crawford.”

On Kershaw’s wedding: “It was nice, she’s a lucky girl.”

The source refuses to answer questions about Prince Fielder, but says, “We now have co-owners so we’ll see what more we’ll do out here. We are looking at relief help.”

Deals this offseason have been money savers as they have been on deferred payments. They are hoping to add some base salary to players as an incentive to take deferred payments and less money.

On John Garland, “Lets hope he’s luckier on the field than we were in the office.”

Garland is making three million dollars this year with incentives and deferred payments adding up to a little over five million dollars for a one-year deal.

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