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Slimers Still Stirring the Pot

TJ Slimers of the LA TIMES continues to blast McCourt and the Dodgers in every possible way. His latest psuedo-issue involves people (kids especially) not being able to get autographs. At the end of his latest diatribe, a reader answers the question as to why ushers may have to keep people away from the field:

“Not to sound like a stuck-up snot, but 90% of the time the people swarming field level before the games for autographs are incredibly rude and don’t have a problem stepping on you or shoving you out of the way,” wrote Susan Lee. “This is not to sound racist, but a majority of Dodger fans appear to be ‘gangbanger types.’ “

I don’t know if she’s racist, but I doubt most Dodger fans are gangbanger-types. However, autograph hounds are frequently among the “dregs of society.” Many of these poeple are ruthless liars! I take a lot of the complaints about getting autographs with a grain of salt. I have seen them change clothes, hats, glasses and send kids (changing their clothes along the way) to get multiple autographs which they plan to sell, and then when they get caught they scream bloody murder and blame someone else. I have no sympathy for them.

I haven’t been to the Ravine this year, but I can tell you this: In Milwaukee, Cincy, Cleveland and St. Louis, you can’t go into another section if you don’t have a ticket – they have Nazi’s stopping you. You buy a ticket – That gets you into a certain section. Most ushers will prevent you from entering another section. PERIOD! It even happens here in our AAA ballpark in Indy.

There are 2 sides to every story. If I pay $200 for a seat, I wouldn’t want some gang-banger coming to my section for an autograph (yes, there are gang-bangers in LA). By the same token, if I were in the cheap seats, I’d want an autograph. If you think I’m prejudiced, you don’t know anything about me – I won’t even dignify that with a comment.

It’s sad that a kid can’t get an autograph, but let’s face it, not every kid can. There’s just not enough time. Somebody will be disappointed. We now live in a society where every time someone feels slighted that scream loud and long. My advice:

“Get Over It”
I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin’ “Don’t blame me”
They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat
 

 

Get over it
Get over it
All this whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit
Get over it, get over it

You say you haven’t been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if I gave you some cash
The more I think about it, Old Billy was right
Let’s kill all the lawyers, kill ‘em tonight
You don’t want to work, you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn’t owe you a thing

 

Get over it
Get over it
If you don’t want to play, then you might as well split
Get over it, Get over it

It’s like going to confession every time I hear you speak
You’re makin’ the most of your losin’ streak
Some call it sick, but I call it weak

You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down
Complain about the present and blame it on the past
I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little ass

Get over it
Get over it
All this bitchin’ and moanin’ and pitchin’ a fit
Get over it, get over it

Get over it
Get over it
It’s gotta stop sometime, so why don’t you quit
Get over it, get over it

I think The Eagles wrote that about Slimers. If you think the Dodgers don’t care about fans, why did they hire Dr. Stienberg and pay him big bux? Look at this Press Release I got yesterday and tell me they don’t care and aren’t trying to reach the common fan:

Subject: DODGERS TO OPEN SECOND HOMESTAND OF SEASON TOMORROW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Public Relations

Thursday, April 10, 2008 (323) 224-1301

DODGERS TO OPEN SECOND HOMESTAND OF SEASON

TOMORROW

Series against the Padres and Pirates are highlighted by

Jackie Robinson Day celebration

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers kick off their six-game homestand this Friday with a weekend series against the San Diego Padres (April 11-13) and will finish off with three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (April 14-16). On April 15, the Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on the 61


st anniversary of the day Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Robinson, who attended Pasadena City Junior College and UCLA, was a Brooklyn Dodger from 1947-56, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Dodger in 1962. Children age 14 and under will also receive a free Jackie Robinson Replica Jersey Kids T-shirt at the gate.

Other promotional giveaways throughout the homestand include a 790AM Helmet Radio, a Russell Martin batting practice jersey for children age 14 and under, presented by Kragen, and a 50th Anniversary Blanket, presented by Time Warner Cable.



Saturday, April 12 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:10 p.m. All children age 14 and under will receive a Russell Martin Kids Batting Practice jersey at the gate, presented by Kragen. Broadway star Shoshana Bean, who most recently appeared in “Wicked,” will sing the National Anthem and international film star Jackie Chan will throw out the first pitch. Salute 2 Schools programs will be recognized on Saturday as well.

Sunday, April 13 vs. San Diego Padres – 1:10 p.m. Youth baseball programs will participate in a pregame, on-field parade and a representative from Los Angeles’ Jewish Community will sing the National Anthem as part of Jewish Community Day. After the game, kids will be invited to run the bases on the field.

 

Monday, April 14 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m. Actor Sean Astin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 

Tuesday, April 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m. Jackie Robinson Night will be highlighted with various ceremonies honoring Jackie Robinson and his legacy. A complete news release regarding all of the events planned will be distributed on Monday. All children age 14 and under will receive a Jackie Robinson Replica Jersey Kids T-Shirt.

 

Wednesday, April 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:10 p.m. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a 50th Anniversary Blanket, presented by Time Warner Cable.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, April 11 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:40 p.m.

The first 50,000 fans in attendance at Friday’s game will receive a 790AM Helmet Radio, presented by TalkRadio KABC 790, the radio home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The single-station radio is pre-tuned to 790 AM so that fans can listen to the Dodger broadcast. Friday is also L.A. County Night at Dodger Stadium, and representatives from the group will sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch. Several schools from the Salute 2 Schools program, an initiative designed to help area schools with their fundraising efforts, will also be recognized during pregame ceremonies.

 

The Dodgers aren’t perfect and you have to have some type of order when people go to other sections to seek an autograph. If you don’t stop some, you would have 10,000 people in a section holding 500. Where and how do you draw the line?

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10 Responses to “Slimers Still Stirring the Pot”

  1. Matt says:

    Well put Mark. Not sure if you remember me but I met you at Vero. I had my 2 kids (boy and girl) and wife with me. We met you when Saito was warming up and Sweeney, Nomar, and Kent were hitting. We talked a little bit about the Colts, Im a Rams fan from NC…..

    Good site, Im sure Ill be back.

  2. Dodgersramsclemson says:

    Right on with this one Mark.

  3. Mark says:

    I do remember you. I hope you had fun there. Don’t be a stranger. Stop in anytime…

  4. Matt says:

    Will do. Dodgersramsclemson…thats me as well. Trying to figure out how to post!!

    Looking forward to Peavy-Penny tonight. 10:40PM game.

  5. Badger says:

    “The Dodgers aren’t perfect and you have to have some type of order when people go to other sections to seek an autograph. If you don’t stop some, you would have 10,000 people in a section holding 500. Where and how do you draw the line?”

    Oh, I don’t know, how about not denying kids seeking autographs?

    I am not a “Dr.” being paid “big bux” to promote the propoganda spins and transparently cheap advertising give-aways, but sometime leading up to the game, I might have a 20 minute signing session at various places along each line – with different players each night signing autographs. You want an autograph, you show up an hour early to get it, or, nothing doing.

    I need to more about what Simers wrote. If what he said is true, things need to change.

  6. mark says:

    Let me give you an example of the problem: Players are taking BP and fielding practice and infield practice. Some players are very receptive to signing (Nomar, Martin, Kemp, Loney, Saito) and they come to the fence. All of a sudden, you have 300, 500, 700, 2,000 people trying to climb over each other and if you are sitting in that area, some try to climb over you as well. I have arrived at games early to watch BP and I am sitting in the 2nd and 3rd row (seats I paid for) eating a Brat and drinking a beer and suddenly this mass of humanity tramples me. They only see the player and they want an autograph and anyone and anything in their way is fair game.

    Ballparks have been enforcing seating rules like this for a long time. It’s not new. I was in the 4th row behind the Dodger dugout last year in Cincy, and tried to walk with my 8-year old son to behind the plate where Martin, Nomar and Gonzo were signing. We were stopped about halfway there. They wouldn’t allow us to go there – AND I HAD JUST AS EXPENSIVE SEATS!

    The Indy Colts won’t let you.

    The Pacer won’t let you.

    The Reds won’t let you.

    The Indianapolis Indians (AAA) won’t let you.

    Why is it any different in Dodger Stadium?

    THERE IS NO WAY IT IS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE EVERRYONE CAN GET AN AUTOGRAPH!

    You have to have order in sofar as people entering places for where they don’t have tix. You let 1 do it, you have to ket 49,999 do it.

    See, I understand it. My son understands it. Some people fail to comprehend how you should treat people with respect and common decency and then they complain if they don’t get the VIP treatment.

    Does anyone really expect that a Bleacher Bum should be able to sit in a suite for the same price? Then why should they be allowed to go to other places where they don’t have tickets?

    Most teams have provision for autograph sessions and I would believe that the Dodgers do as well, but not everyone can get one…

  7. Badger says:

    Everything you just said are reasons to implement a version of my idea.

    There could be 6 spots for autographs, 3 down each line, somewhere between the dugout and the foul pole. After batting practice, for 15 minutes at each station, autographs will be signed – (for kids only?) and each night a different set of players will be at these stations. You have a seat in that area – go get a freakin hot dog.

    I don’t know if this would work or not, but again, I am not Dr. Dentist Big Bux, what do I know about this stuff.

    I just know if what Simers said is true, the McCorps have a PR issue with which they must deal.

  8. mark says:

    I like that idea.

    It makes sense.

    It would help PR immensely.

    The Player’s Association will veto it!

  9. Mark, as a New Yorker, I know a little something about not getting autographs. Back in the 90′s Patrick Ewing of the Knicks would reject infants and gangbangers alike who sought autographs from him. It didn’t stop me from root for the Knicks… but it kind of made me think he was an ass hole, albeit a freakishly talented asshole.

    From the outside looking in, I don’t really think that the Dodgers give off that holier-than-thou attitude. I agree that this writer needs to focus on some more disconcerning issues like Andruw Jones‘ hoffific start rather than who is and is not receiving autographs.

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