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An Open Letter to the Next Dodgers Owner

Now that we know who the final eight bidders are to buy the Dodgers, I have prepared a letter to the next Dodger Owner. I feel like the next owner should be sworn in like a president is. We need to be able to hold the next owner accountable for their actions, making sure the sins of the lame duck ownership will not be repeated again. I’ve got the letter all ready to go out, now I just need to find me some stamps, and the next owner’s identity…….

Dear future Dodgers Owner,

 

Greetings, first let me congratulate you on winning the bid for the Dodgers. I speak for all Dodger fans when I say we are ready for a change in ownership. So, welcome!

Lets talk about the future, and what we as Dodger fans expect from you as owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1. Please do NOT mess with Dodger stadium.

This is really the most important of all. Please do not touch Dodger Stadium. I’ll say it again….DO NOT TOUCH DODGER STADIUM! I know there has been talk of an idea to build a new stadium downtown, and possibly tying that to bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles. This is a terrible idea. Dodger Stadium is our home, and a national treasure. Chavez Ravine is one of the most beautiful ball parks in all of Baseball, and should stand FOREVER. Leave it alone. We don’t want a new stadium. When Dodger Stadium reaches its 100th birthday, then we can talk about the possibility of renovations. Otherwise leave it be.

However, a few modifications to the park can be acceptable. A fresh coat of paint on the outside concourse and walls. Upgrading the Men’s bathrooms would be nice. Specifically new urinals with splash guards. (I still believe that all male Dodger fans should experience the trough urinals at least once! Whipping it out next to other fellow Dodger fans is like a Chavez Ravine bonding experience)

Please also note, that I could give two slim-jims about the NFL, or bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles, and I really hate that this has to be linked to the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, or the sale of the team in any way. If you are really that interested in bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles, Mr. Dodger owner, that’s great, but don’t involve the Dodgers or Dodger Stadium in it in order to make it happen.

2. Preserve Dodger tradition at all costs.

Mr . Owner please do your best to preserve and protect Dodger tradition no matter what. Many Dodger fans feel this to be one of the most important issues of all. We feel like over the last few years with everything that has gone on, that Dodger tradition is slowly slipping away. We are not keen to many changes to the Dodger culture. You may think this is strange, but we like our view of the LA hills behind the pavilions, we like our views of the ball game to be clean and unobstructed, we want the only music we hear other than take me out to the ballgame, and the national anthem to be Nancy B. Hefley’s organ.

We must be able to hear Vin Scully’s beautiful voice every inning, of every game no matter what. This is our birthright as Dodger fans. Farmer John Dodger Dogs are the perfect food, and Jackie Robinson day should be a national holiday. If you are already a lifelong Dodger fan, then you already know all of the above, and you can skip to the next request.

 3. New T.V. Deal

Negotiate a new television contract that will preserve Vin Scully’s voice, and provide Dodger games via television to all Dodger fans. We don’t care who the next contract is with, as long as we can watch the games, and listen to Vinny.

 4. Solid commitment to building a championship team.

This request is most important. Mr. Dodger Owner, you must commit yourself to building a competitive team. In order to bring the world series back to Dodger Stadium, we must spend like a large-market team, but at the same time spend wisely. Please no more overspending on mediocre players, and no big contracts to relief pitchers, unless they are elite. We need to be able to go after the top free agents. We need a smart General Manager who will spend wisely but can pull the trigger on trades when needed.

We need to bring a championship back to Los Angeles, and nothing short will do. Division titles are nice, but it’s not enough, Dodger fans deserve more.

5. Rebuild the farm system, and commit more money to international players.

The farm system has been left barren in certain areas, thanks to some unwise trades down the stretch during the 2008-2009 playoff races. We need to replenish the farm, and start spending more money on international players. It seems like we have gone away from that under the previous ownership. According to MSTI this lack of international spending has been trending downward for a while now.

This is unacceptable Mr. Owner, we must be actively scouting and pursuing players internationally to keep competitive with other clubs.

6. Keep ticket prices affordable for all Dodger fans.

Mr. Dodger Owner, please make sure to keep all ticket prices affordable for all Dodger fans.

7. Better security

Mr. Owner please provide us with better security and lighting so that all Dodger fans feel safe in and around Dodger Stadium. Please make sure there are adequate safety measures in place everywhere inside and outside Dodger Stadium.

 8. Please lock up Clayton Kershaw to a long-term deal.

Mr. Owner, have you ever seen Clayton Kershaw pitch? Please lock up Kershaw to a long term deal. A six or seven year deal would be just fine. Dodger fans want our Cy Young winner locked up for a very long time.

Eight simple things is all we ask for from you Mr. Dodger Owner. Leave Dodger Stadium alone, Preserve Dodger Tradition, solid commitment to winning, New TV deal, rebuilding the farm, more spending on international players, lower ticket prices, better security, and a nice new deal for Kershaw. These eight things are all we ask for from you Mr. Dodger Owner. Please swear to us that you will do your best to be faithful to the Dodgers and their fans, to uphold the offices of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Club of the National League. You must promise to us that you will do your very best to protect and preserve Dodger tradition, and a solid commitment to fielding a championship team on the field.

Please promise us that you will never rest until the world series is back at Dodger Stadium, and you will stay on the journey to get there with us. Remember that the Dodgers are not just your team, they are OUR team. Dodger fans will no longer stand by and watch our beloved team deteriorate again. We will fight for our team. We as Dodger fans promise YOU Mr. Owner, that if you keep your promises to us, we in return will promise our never ending support. We promise to continue to show up to games and cheer our beloved Dodgers on to victory each and every night. We will keep attending, rooting, blogging, hoping, and praying alongside with you. Will you keep your word Mr. Dodger Owner?

The Dodger Oath (to be read to future Dodger Owner)

Raise your right hand, and place your other hand atop this Vin Scully Bobble-head. Repeat after me…..

I do solemnly swear, (or Affirm) to faithfully execute the offices of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Club, and to the best of my abilities, preserve protect and defend Dodger tradition, at all cost. So help me god.

“I DO”

Good luck Mr. Dodger Owner.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Andes-LasordasLair

Topics: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, Vin Scully

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  • Egalvz76

    Don’t touch Dodger Stadium? Well that shows your not in touch with the economics of baseball. Dodger Stadium can’t pay for itself when it comes to fan experience, it is outdated and needs major overhaul in certain sections. Do you think the fans of the Yankees gave a rats behind that they aren’t playing in the original Yankee stadium? It’s about revenue, and if you and every other person believes upgrading the stadium is not in the best interest, then good luck watching this team sign more guys like Juan Uribe.

  • formatallan

    @Egalvz76

    Upgrading DS Im fine with, Replacing im NOT fine with. I dont care about economics. We dont want a new stadium, we want Dodger Stadium

  • formatallan

    @Egalvz76

    I think Dodger Stadium is one of the most beautiful Parks in Baseball. Yes it could use some minor renovations, but I dont agree that it needs a major overhaul. I think that the true Yankee fans were very upset to lose their home. That was the house that Ruth built, so Im sure that most Yankee fans had some conflicing feelings about a new ballpark. Yankee Stadium was also 85 years old, DS is 50. Part of the allure is the Iconic atmospehre at Dodger Stadium, its part of the Dodger Culture, and tradition. I think that preserving Dodger Stadium and its Culture is more important than money to me.

  • Egalvz76

    Don’t touch Dodger Stadium? Well that shows your not in touch with the economics of baseball. Dodger Stadium can’t pay for itself when it comes to fan experience, it is outdated and needs major overhaul in certain sections. Do you think the fans of the Yankees gave a rats behind that they aren’t playing in the original Yankee stadium? It’s about revenue, and if you and every other person believes upgrading the stadium is not in the best interest, then good luck watching this team sign more guys like Juan Uribe.

    • formatallan

      @Egalvz76

      Upgrading DS Im fine with, Replacing im NOT fine with. I dont care about economics. We dont want a new stadium, we want Dodger Stadium

    • formatallan

      @Egalvz76

      I think Dodger Stadium is one of the most beautiful Parks in Baseball. Yes it could use some minor renovations, but I dont agree that it needs a major overhaul. I think that the true Yankee fans were very upset to lose their home. That was the house that Ruth built, so Im sure that most Yankee fans had some conflicing feelings about a new ballpark. Yankee Stadium was also 85 years old, DS is 50. Part of the allure is the Iconic atmospehre at Dodger Stadium, its part of the Dodger Culture, and tradition. I think that preserving Dodger Stadium and its Culture is more important than money to me.

      • RyanKlinkert

        @formatallan@Egalvz76 While I can certainly respect your love for Dodger Stadium, I cannot hold my tongue. Dodger stadium is a veritable dump. I’ve been bleeding blue the day I was born and Dodger stadium was a special experience when I was simply too young to know any better, but now I’ve come to find it extremely delapidated (especially after visiting several modern ballparks).Extensive renovations are in order for that stadium, not simply urinal stalls and paint…- The parking is awful. I shouldn’t have to pay 15 dollars if I’m unable to park in one of the lots level with the stadium. On several occasions i’ve been forced to park in some random lot even further uphill and spend the next 15 minutes trudging towards the ballpark. -The traffic is even worse. Even when the Dodgers win, my elevated seratonin/dopamine levels are quickly eviscerated when I have to spend 30-60 minutes slowly creeping down the hill, all the while having to deal with rude gangbangers dangerously maneuvering around other drivers just to gain 2 car lengths (the Raider Fan demographic is a problem as well but unfortunately cannot be solved with a new stadium [SIGH])-The entire outfield pavilion is arguably the worst I have EVER experienced…I honestly was more comfortable at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha during the College World Series, with hoards of bugs, miserable humidity and rowdy fellow college students. Bleachers? Come on…get with the 21st century. Those things the antithesis of comfortable. I spent the entire game sitting at an all-too-awkward sideways angle just so my knees weren’t jabbing into someones back. I love the concept of the all-you-can-eat section, but it only compounds matters since fans are constantly getting up to stuff more generic hot dogs/nachos down their throats. I also feel imprisoned when I’m out there. I was extremely unhappy when i was unable to leave the disgusting confines of left field in order to purchase something appealing.The ballpark itself might hold some iconic value, but the experience leaves everything to be desired. Maybe renovations will suffice, but I honestly feel that a new ballpark is only fitting. New owners, new marquee free agents, new beginnings…why not throw in a new ballpark to boot.I’d be opposed to a downtown location however. I’m thinking a state-of-the-art creation in Santa Monica.

        • LasordasLair

          @RyanKlinkert @formatallan @Egalvz76

          Ryan,

          thank you for your comment, and I can certianly understand some of what youre saying. but it sounds like to me, that most of your complaints are with the city of Los Angeles, the parking problems, and other things that have nothing to do with Dodger Staidum itself. The parking is a problem all over LA, not just at DS. Before they used to let you park anywhere you wanted. I used to always park close to the exit, and they used to let people in through the back entrance off of Alvarado and avenue Scott. In recent years they closed the back entrance, and now they force you to enter and exit only through the front gate, and they tell you where to park. Those are just stupid rules they have enforced under the McCourt regime. It has nothing to do with the stadium. If you have lived out here, or grew up out here for any extended amount of time then you know that traffic and gangbangers are just a part of Los Angeles, and have nothing to do with Dodger Stadium. Believe me I know what your talking about, (especially when you talk about the raiders fans ha ha love em, but there crazy) anyways not DS’s fault. the price for parking too high? yes but once again not DS, but McCourt for hiking up the prices. Having a stadium uilt in downtown Santa Monice would only make traffic worse or just as bad, having to drive on the messed up 405 freeway to get to Dodger games. ughh. I am kind of suprised to hear you say this though on the 50th anniversary of our beloved DS. Im sorry but I just cant support the idea of a new stadium. I want DS for another 50 years at least. Thanks for your comment, it seems like your beef should be with McCourt, and the regular annoyances of Los Angeles, like traffic, parking prices, and gangsters. We dont want a new stadium, we want Dodger Stadium.

  • L A Jonny

    I’ve been a fan w/ season tix for 30 years, the last ten I haven’t missed a game. My wife and I True Blue and agree with most of your blog. Dodger stadium could use some upgrades and all of them wouldn’t involve tear down and rebuild downtown.BIG MISTAKE!!! keep most of the stadium and give the families something for the kids to do. Most newer stadiums have a kids area. These kids will grow to be loyal fans of the Dodgers and will bring their kids to do the same things they did. That is how tradition works!

    Change is good but not when it costs tradition.

    Let’s hope the new Dodger owner has a little O’Malley in them. If not all O’Malley……

    L A Jonny

  • L A Jonny

    I’ve been a fan w/ season tix for 30 years, the last ten I haven’t missed a game. My wife and I True Blue and agree with most of your blog. Dodger stadium could use some upgrades and all of them wouldn’t involve tear down and rebuild downtown.BIG MISTAKE!!! keep most of the stadium and give the families something for the kids to do. Most newer stadiums have a kids area. These kids will grow to be loyal fans of the Dodgers and will bring their kids to do the same things they did. That is how tradition works!

    Change is good but not when it costs tradition.

    Let’s hope the new Dodger owner has a little O’Malley in them. If not all O’Malley……

    L A Jonny

    • formatallan

      @L A Jonny

      Thank you for your Comment Johnny.

      Its great to hear from true blue fans like yourself. I like hearing that you havent missed a game in years. Thank you for your support, and for reading. I agree and hope whomever buys the dodgers does there best to preserve Dodger Tradition.

  • formatallan

    @L A Jonny

    Thank you for your Comment Johnny.

    Its great to hear from true blue fans like yourself. I like hearing that you havent missed a game in years. Thank you for your support, and for reading. I agree and hope whomever buys the dodgers does there best to preserve Dodger Tradition.

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  • RyanKlinkert

    @formatallan@Egalvz76 While I can certainly respect your love for Dodger Stadium, I cannot hold my tongue. Dodger stadium is a veritable dump. I’ve been bleeding blue the day I was born and Dodger stadium was a special experience when I was simply too young to know any better, but now I’ve come to find it extremely delapidated (especially after visiting several modern ballparks).Extensive renovations are in order for that stadium, not simply urinal stalls and paint…- The parking is awful. I shouldn’t have to pay 15 dollars if I’m unable to park in one of the lots level with the stadium. On several occasions i’ve been forced to park in some random lot even further uphill and spend the next 15 minutes trudging towards the ballpark. -The traffic is even worse. Even when the Dodgers win, my elevated seratonin/dopamine levels are quickly eviscerated when I have to spend 30-60 minutes slowly creeping down the hill, all the while having to deal with rude gangbangers dangerously maneuvering around other drivers just to gain 2 car lengths (the Raider Fan demographic is a problem as well but unfortunately cannot be solved with a new stadium [SIGH])-The entire outfield pavilion is arguably the worst I have EVER experienced…I honestly was more comfortable at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha during the College World Series, with hoards of bugs, miserable humidity and rowdy fellow college students. Bleachers? Come on…get with the 21st century. Those things the antithesis of comfortable. I spent the entire game sitting at an all-too-awkward sideways angle just so my knees weren’t jabbing into someones back. I love the concept of the all-you-can-eat section, but it only compounds matters since fans are constantly getting up to stuff more generic hot dogs/nachos down their throats. I also feel imprisoned when I’m out there. I was extremely unhappy when i was unable to leave the disgusting confines of left field in order to purchase something appealing.The ballpark itself might hold some iconic value, but the experience leaves everything to be desired. Maybe renovations will suffice, but I honestly feel that a new ballpark is only fitting. New owners, new marquee free agents, new beginnings…why not throw in a new ballpark to boot.I’d be opposed to a downtown location however. I’m thinking a state-of-the-art creation in Santa Monica.

  • LasordasLair

    @RyanKlinkert @formatallan @Egalvz76

    Ryan,

    thank you for your comment, and I can certianly understand some of what youre saying. but it sounds like to me, that most of your complaints are with the city of Los Angeles, the parking problems, and other things that have nothing to do with Dodger Staidum itself. The parking is a problem all over LA, not just at DS. Before they used to let you park anywhere you wanted. I used to always park close to the exit, and they used to let people in through the back entrance off of Alvarado and avenue Scott. In recent years they closed the back entrance, and now they force you to enter and exit only through the front gate, and they tell you where to park. Those are just stupid rules they have enforced under the McCourt regime. It has nothing to do with the stadium. If you have lived out here, or grew up out here for any extended amount of time then you know that traffic and gangbangers are just a part of Los Angeles, and have nothing to do with Dodger Stadium. Believe me I know what your talking about, (especially when you talk about the raiders fans ha ha love em, but there crazy) anyways not DS’s fault. the price for parking too high? yes but once again not DS, but McCourt for hiking up the prices. Having a stadium uilt in downtown Santa Monice would only make traffic worse or just as bad, having to drive on the messed up 405 freeway to get to Dodger games. ughh. I am kind of suprised to hear you say this though on the 50th anniversary of our beloved DS. Im sorry but I just cant support the idea of a new stadium. I want DS for another 50 years at least. Thanks for your comment, it seems like your beef should be with McCourt, and the regular annoyances of Los Angeles, like traffic, parking prices, and gangsters. We dont want a new stadium, we want Dodger Stadium.

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