Monday, August 24, 2009
Dispatch From An Alternate Universe
Don Page was worried about the youth of America.The 1969 Dodgers finished 85-77, in 4th place in the NL West. The Dodgers wouldn't finish first until the 1974 team that made it to the World Series, and lost to the Oakland A's.
The Times' veteran radio and television columnist thought he had spotted a disturbing trend about the Dodgers.
"Although the Dodgers are doing well in attendance, the old fire among the fandom seems to be diminishing. .. You don't hear the Dodgers on the air in public places as much as before and the teenagers in particular aren't charmed by [Vin] Scully or baseball," Page wrote.
Not charmed by Scully? Impossible.
Still, it was better to be the Dodgers than the struggling American League team to the south: "The Angel broadcasts are practically nonexistent in stores, supermarkets, garages and taverns."
I do wonder how many taverns and garages Page surveyed for his analysis.