Thursday, April 05, 2007
Frank And Jamie McCourt: Now Smart As Congress!
In order to accommodate as many fans as possible, the Dodgers are offering an Early Bird Parking/Carpool Special to fans that carpool (at least 4 fans per automobile) and park in Lot 15. These fans will receive a free ticket for each passenger to a future game if they arrive at Dodger Stadium at 9:30 a.m. and park in Lot 15, which is the lot located above the Think Blue sign. This offer is limited to the first 600 automobiles. Lot 15 is a special access parking lot that is only utilized during sold out games. Fans will need to enter via the Academy Gate off Academy Road across from the Police Academy between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. In addition to the free ticket for a future game, fans that carpool and park in Lot 15 will have early access to Opening Day batting practice via the Left Field Pavilion. You must have tickets to Opening Day in order to participate in this special offer. Additionally, the lots on Stadium Way near the LAFD Training Facility will cost just $5.So, they're inviting us to —
- fight rush-hour traffic
- to arrive at the park three and a half hours before the game
- so we can maybe get tickets to a future game
- and/or see the Dodgers commence batting practice, which in all likelihood won't begin until two hours before the game
- leaving us to entertain ourselves with Gameboys or whatever for an hour and a half.
Frank admission (har): I've had my problems with the McCourts, and in fact one of the motivations of this blog was to kick them squarely in the pants when they deserved it. Their cluelessness extends to Jamie's sartorial habits, which apparently includes the wearing of orange sweaters during Giants games. The same kind of thinking has apparently gotten us a regulation game in which the entire fielded Dodger team will wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Robinson was an unquestioned hero, but this is just ridiculous. Enough, already; the numbers are there for a reason. Please, in the future, I beg of you: have someone whose last name is not McCourt vet these ideas.
Update: SOSG has fun with the space-time continuum problems the 42-ness will present. "[I]magine the Padres' dismay when
Bruce Bochy Bud Black has to tell the press, 'I feel like we were beaten tonight by one guy.'" Why don't the Dodgers ask smart guys like us about this stuff, huh?
Update 2: Maybe not so smart. San Diego's manager isn't Bruce Bochy, it's Bud Black.
and i don't like DST - i live in Arizona and we don't have it anyways, but you'd be amazed by NOT having it will mess with one's schedule when the rest of the country switches and you don't.
It makes sense NOT to have it in AZ too - who wants an extra hour of sun on a desert afternoon?
i do prefer being on CA time though - that's one thing i like about DST; in winter we are an hour ahead.
Rob, totally with you on the McCourt marketing mayhem. Someone needs to stop the idiotic ideas before they kill again. I for one know exactly where I'll be aiming when I throw my smashbox promotional lipstick.
Just posted on the inanity of the Robinson "tribute," over on SoSG. Sounds like you, JW, and I are all in accord--why doesn't anyone bother to ask us???
And BW- If not for the Blue I'd have to be a Pads fan. Or maybe a Giants fan. After all there aren't any other real baseball team in California.
And yes. I do like watching pitchers hit. I also like the urgency it places on the other eight men in the lineup. It also give me more to complain about as a fan.
1) What the heck is wrong with Chad Billingsley?
2) Is there any chance this Evans kid will be called up by the Halos this year?
Thanks - Todd Shriber