The Dodgers Boycott is gaining momentum but there is still a lot of work to do to get rid of Frank McCourt, his 600 million of Dodger debt and the national punchline that is the Dodgers.
A couple of weeks ago I attended the “Dodger Boycott Protest” down the street from Dodger Stadium before the 1 0clock game against the San Diego Padres. It was loud, boisterous and organized which was refreshing to this beleaguered Dodger fan. But for all the loud noises and angry signs the protest was missing one thing… one big thing…. numbers. About a 150 passionate fans showed up to make their opinion heard to the media, neighborhood and Dodger fans who cross the proverbial “union line” to go into the game. So while it was a success due to the media coverage it wasn’t due to the lack of attendance making for a lot more work to be done.
The Dodgers would win the game 1-0 in dramatic fashion but that wasn’t the story on LATIMES.COM, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN as the protest took center stage. News outlets reported the protest and it finally gave some legitimacy to the fight of the Dodger faithful who has been waging a silent war against Frank McCourt and his cronies. Before the protest many media outlets and the Dodgers reported and hid behind the beating of Bryan Stow on opening day as the reason for the decline in attendance. Ignoring the fact fans have been anti-McCourt for years and have been itching for a new owner since 2004(Mark Cuban please). So for all the heat the fans of Los Angeles have taken about being late to games, leaving early, non-boisterous, thugs and fickle they have finally fought back with the best way they can… attendance. A boycott with non-attendance has forced MLB as a whole into a attendance slump. A slump of BROXTONIAN proportions. So n0w that Dodgers fans and boycotters have the attention of the nation now what?
First the Dodger Boycott protest needs more people, a lot more people. Websites like http://www.markcubansavethedodgers.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-McCourt-Sell-the-Dodgers-Leave-LA/108932472491967 have done an excellent job in making people aware of how the fans of Los Angeles actually feel about the current situation of the Dodgers. But they need more followers, enough followers to outweigh the attendance of Dodgers games under McCourt. If there were 31,000 (which is always tickets sold, not attended) and these sites had 32,000 followers it would further legitimize the Dodger Boycott. If these followers showed up to the protest it could spell doomsday for McCourt. And if fans would stop buying Dodgers gear it would further cripple McCourt financially beyond the declining attendance.
Second Dodgers Boycott faithful can write letters of support to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. (Bud) Selig, CommissionerAddress:245 Park Avenue, 31st FloorCity:New York, State:NY Zip Code:10167
Letters of support may give Selig more power in negotiating the sale of the team with Judge Kevin J. Gross if Selig wants to prove McCourt has tarnished the Dodgers name and the franchise of MLB.
Third write the bankruptcy judge Kevin J. Gross to show your commitment to the Dodger Boycott until McCourt is gone:
Honorable Judge Kevin J. Gross, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 824 North Market Street, 3rd Floor, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Fourth is write Frank McCourt personally to sell the team and make a copy to send to Selig and Gross:
Dogdgers Owner Frank McCourt 1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fifth is ask for what you want. Ask for a new owner on every message board, radio show, tv show and person on the street. The more awareness the closer Los Angeles is to ridding itself of McCourt.
As long as Dodgers fans stay away from the games and follow what was said above McCourt will be gone. But what will happen when he leaves? MLB will run the team and Dodgers fans must fill the stadium to the brim! McCourt would at that time have the Dodgers at $600 million in debt so the team will be in need of a old fashion Los Angeles cash infusion. That is the only way someone legitimate will buy the team because smart people with money don’t do bad investments. So when someone buys the team from MLB (MARK CUBAN PLEASE) it will need to be in a better financial situation.
Last thing Los Angeles needs to do is very loudly push for Mark Cuban to buy the team. The old-guard of MLB owners do not like Cuban and will not vote him in. But if we continue our fight and write Selig, media outlets and message boards we can help out Cuban’s position to buy the team. Don’t think your voice cannot be heard, remember it already has. Show up and bring back the Pride of Blue and erase the embarrassment that is the current Dodgers.
Thank you Jesse Saucedo for the picture above.