I have been a Dodger fan for nearly 50 years, but I’m not from LA. Some of you will say that doesn’t qualify me to be a real Dodger fan because I wasn’t “born” into the family. I say it qualifies me more because I “adopted” it. Dodger fans from LA had no choice – I did! I wasn’t born a Dodger. I became one.
Some of you don’t want to support current ownership, and I get that (i really do), but I think your worldview of this situation may be too myopic.
You say that if Frank McCourt continues to own the team, free agents might not want to come to play for the Dodgers. I say that if fans don’t show up and support the players who have busted their tails to become one of the hottest teams in baseball, free agents may not want to come to LA. For a 100 years the fans have showed up in Chicago. They arrive early and stay late. In LA, it’s just the opposite: the fans arrive late and leave early. Players notice stuff like that.
You may win the battle and starve out Frank McCourt, but in the process the fandom of LA could be exposed as fickle fans who really don’t care about the players and you may lose the war. Potential free agents may prefer to play for a team where the fans have some “skin in the game,” not a team who fans stay away like it’s “no skin off their back!”
Before you stay away, think about winning the war, not just the battle. Are you really a Dodger fan or are you like what you believe Frank McCourt is like – Do you only care about yourself and not the players?
Matt Kemp and Clayton Kerhsaw have gave their all this entire season. If they see 18,000 in the stands tonight, do you really think they will want to continue to play for the Dodgers? Enjoy watching them on TV now, because if you are one of the boycotters, you may just be the ones to chauffeur them out of town.
UPDATE: Read carefully what I wrote. I’m not telling you not to boycott. I’m just presenting another (unpopular) viewpoint. There ARE other viewpoints…