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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mad about McCourt

Photo by Jesse Saucedo

Chanting “McCourt Must Go!,”  protesters organized by Save the Dodgers gathered a block away from the stadium this afternoon as they derided team owner Frank McCourt and tried to gain the attention and support of baseball fans headed to today’s game. The rally held at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Elysian Park Avenue attracted a relatively small but spirited crowd.  Many shouted “Don’t go in there!” to car loads of Dodger fans headed to the  stadium’s Sunset Boulevard gate.



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12 comments

  1. Oh, who the hell cares. The Dodgers are a private business. If you don’t like them or how they are being managed, then don’t patronize them. They are NOT some public entity representing Los Angeles! Just take your business elsewhere. The public has no say, other than on whether or not to spend your money on them.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they were completely liquidated and the stadium were left empty year round?

  2. Wouldn’t happen. It would turn into a huge commercial or housing development, and between that and the Barlow project, Elysian Park would feel like was reduced by 50% or more. Having relatively open space around the park, even parking lots, makes a difference in how it feels.

  3. The city should imminent domain the place, keep the stadium and redevelop the parking lots to build the Neutra public housing complex that the canyon was originally evicted to make way for.

    And those Frankrupt shirts are lame, by the way.

  4. I guess I was a scab and crossed the line I did not see as I went the back way. they were saying it may have been the lowest attendance in mlb history. they did win in the bottom of the ninth though! somethings gonna have to change to bring the fans back. was kind of sad to see it that empty. btw. the tickets said 7:10 PM game time. but the game was at 1:00 PM. wonder who the genius was that blew that one.

  5. Many people care! The Dodgers are our team and this creep has destroyed them.
    These people are out showing that they care. They may not be cool enough for this neighborhood but at least they are showing some passion!

  6. No, the Dodgers are not OUR team. No pro team is the team of wherever it might happen to be. They are all private businesses looking to make money — and their marketing is to seek to trick you into thinking they are YOUR team. They are about making money for themselves, not about you.

  7. Here here, Alijill!

  8. Please, Tom, don’t make such radical statements; as a society, we need our citizens to take sports very seriously. Otherwise, people might turn their energies toward solving some of the larger issues that affect us, such as the growing chasm between rich and poor, the dominance of corporate interests in our government, or any number of other substantive issues. Sports give people a safe way to use up their energy and allow the ruling class to continue to rule us. We need to root, root, root for our favorite team and let those fancy rich people make decisions for the rest of us. They’re doing a great job at it — just ask them.

  9. Peeps in LA dey must be KWAZY, out protesting da Dodgerslaves owner cos he be unfair when the peeps very own country THE USA is being systematically looted. Word.

  10. Excellent point, James.

  11. Well put James. Although for a team like the Dodgers, that came in the way it did (evicting an entirely working class neighborhood and leveling it to build a stadium,) you’d think they would want avoid a PR disaster such as this: a greedy owner swindling his own team and employees and forcing his mostly working class fan base away from the ballpark. That’s pretty damn sad. I do applaud the protesters because it means that even through sports the common person will not stand idly by when someone tries to take advantage of their hard earned money. Now let’s hope this outrage translates to protests over the current class chasm, the corporate takeover of America, the rich not paying taxes, the billions we spend on other country’s military complexes, the rampant outbreak of corruption and nepotism in out nation’s political system and our pathetic justice/prison system…but it probably won’t.

  12. Like so many others, Peteloaf has got it wrong blaming the Dodgers for the tragedy of Chavez Ravine. That horror was set in motion by the city LONG before the idea of transplanting the team was even a gleam in O’Malley’s eye. While it should NEVER be forgotten it shouldn’t be remembered incorrectly.

    Excerpts Wikipedia’s Chavez Ravine page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chavez_Ravine):

    The land for Dodger Stadium was purchased from local owners/inhabitants in the early 1950s by the City of Los Angeles using eminent domain with funds from the Federal Housing Act of 1949. The city had planned to develop the Elysian Park Heights public housing project which included two dozen 13-story buildings and more than 160 two-story townhouses, in addition to newly rebuilt playgrounds and schools.

    The city had already relocated many of the residents of Chavez Ravine when the entire project came to a halt. Fear of communism was sweeping the United States and loud voices in Los Angeles cried that the housing project smacked of socialism.

    In the end, the project died. A few years later, the city made the controversial decision to trade the land to the Brooklyn Dodgers and their owner Walter O’Malley, in exchange for land around the minor league park Wrigley Field, in a move to provide incentives for a migration to Los Angeles.

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