Tuesday, September 27, 2005

ON BEING A DODGER FAN IN THE FALL OF 2005


Once again it's my pleasure to refer you to Jon Weisman and Sunday's edition of Dodger Thoughts, in which he takes the opportunity to eloquently describe what he describes as "the loser's dividend," that is, the possibility of what baseball can be for a fan of a team whose sub-.500 season status is sealed, who have watched the Giants sleep for three-quarters of the schedule, only to wake up and play spoiler to the Padres' prospects for a division title and the already wounded pride of the Dodgers and their fans. It is now, until the end of the season on October 2, purely baseball for Dodger fans. Weisman describes attending two games this past week that were as enjoyable for him as watching them this past week on TV have been for me, regardless of the final result, and separate from all the worry over "will they or won't they?" This article is as close to a cherry on top of a disappointing season as there is likely to be, a season which began so strongly for the Dodgers, a season, as Vin Scully might say, in which the Dodgers rode the elevator from the penthouse to the cellar. Well, not quite the cellar, thanks to our friends in Colorado. But looking at how well the Rockies played the Dodgers this year, and how strong their largely young team looks to be in 2006, one shouldn't be taking any promises of there being that Denver cushion at the bottom of the National League West in 2006 with too much assurance. As Weisman writes in another column, Paul DePodesta's plan was never intended or expected to be a one-season cure-all, and certainly enough went wrong, with injuries, misbehavior and substandard ballplaying, to ensure that 2006 may be just as rough a ride. As the playoffs and the World Series approach, it's a good time to remember, all Fox Sports hype to the contrary, that what's at stake here is not of earth-shaking importance, and what we will be witnessing in October are not contests of gladiatorial pomp and circumstance, nor can they, with any good sense or sensitivity, be compared to war (though somebody with a considerable lack of sense will undoubtedly step up and do just that before the final out of the Series). It is simply, and with all its complexity, playoff implications or not, the wonderful game that Abner Doubleday probably did not invent, and to be able to see it in person on the major league level is a privilege in which many around the country cannot indulge. Los Angeles Dodger fans, join with fans of the Royals, the Devil Rays, the Giants (he said pointedly, even as the distance between them and first place is only three games), the Mets and every other team whose playoff hopes are now or soon will be officially dashed and just enjoy what the game has to offer. The road to 2006 begins in six days.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Take it from me. This "loser's dividend" idea is, well, a loser. I have rooted for losers. Heck, the team I grew up rooting for isn't even there anymore. I like winning, so I am perfectly happy on a night like tonight when the Angels have clinched a postseason spot.

But as pleased as I might be tonight, man, how I wish it could have happened in Montreal in 1994 or in any of the 10 years on life-support that followed. If you want to rediscover baseball, I suggest you go to your local high school and catch a game. Of course, you'll have to wait until February.

Take whatever good came out of this year-- I know, it's hard, because even the new announcers were subpar-- shove it way back in your memory, have a nice fall and winter and come back in the spring when all save one team will be looking to wipe out the bad memories of 2005.

Loser's dividend? Ask a Cubs fan what all those dividends add up to after 97 years.

Virgil Hilts

Thom McGregor said...

That's what they get for trading Paul LaDuca (spelling?) and Shawn Green and Eric Young and Jose Lima. Okay, I know nothing about baseball, but I liked those guys. I don't even recognize the Dodgers now, except for the man with the porn 'stache, a phrase I was introduced to this year, thanks to the Dodgers acquiring him. Sorry, Dennis. And congratulations, Virgil. You were the first and only person I thought of when KTLA news at 10:00 let me know the Angels had won their division.

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It's been ages since i posted here. Been sick, busy etc. There are not many games left this season. It has had it's up's and down's. Meet some new Reds i adore. Meet David Ross again. Knew of him when was a Dodger. Missed Sean Casey a lot. Reds then got rid of Austin Kerns. Seen the Reds 9 times this year at Busch Stadium. Saw the Phillies 3 times. Seen The Astros 3 times. Gonna see the Astros for my 4th time September 13th. Gonna go to games in 2 weeks to see Brian Giles.No idea who will make the playoffs.First Choice Reds. Second Choice Phillies. 3RD Astros. 4TH Choice Padres. Padres just because of Brian Giles, Geoff Blum and Trevor Hoffmann. I hope to at least attend one playoff game. But if the Cards don't make it won't go to any. Because i can't afford to travel. But if i had to choose. I'd rather the Reds win the Central and just have to watch them on tv.Seeing them on tv would be better than them not making the playoffs at all.
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