Around Town: Giving up on the Dodgers

April 23, 2014|By Anita S. Brenner

Rule No. 1: The Dodgers will always break your heart.

There’s a slang word in L.A. Spanish. The word is asco. The word asco is nearly untranslatable, but it roughly means disgusting, shameful, shameless and has cooties.

Remember this word.

The Dodgers didn’t break my heart when the asco McCourts bought the Dodgers. Dodger fans everywhere were treated to stories of Frank, Jamie and their sons Drew, Travis, Casey and Gavin. As the seasons progressed, we the fans asked, “Why don’t the McCourts spend money on decent pitchers?” Frank and Jamie’s ultratacky divorce proceedings revealed a lavish lifestyle that was inconsistent with support for L.A.’s much-loved ball team.


Jamie McCourt recently listed her Holmby Hills property for $55 million, “shown to prequalified clients only.”

Forbes reported that Frank McCourt made $2 billion from the sale of the Dodgers, so the family is doing well, even though they left the Dodgers in a shambles.

There were the trades. So many trades, we couldn’t remember the players. The worst was when they traded my favorite Canuck catcher, Russell Martin (No. 55).

Does anyone remember Orlando Hudson? In 2009, in his first home game, Hudson hit for the cycle in the season opener against the S.F. Giants. Hitting for the cycle is when a player hits a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. That’s why the Dodgers let Hudson go at the end of the year. He was way too good. It’s hard to keep up with the roster.

On a more serious note, there were the security issues which resulted in the catastrophic injuries to Giants fan Bryan Stowe, a paramedic, in 2011. A MLB report blamed the franchise and criticized a “culture of apathy and indifference [that] existed within the game day staff at Dodger Stadium.”

After the divorce proceedings thankfully ended, everyone thought things would get better. Jamie relinquished her interests and Frank sold the team to Guggenheim Group.

And now, the Dodgers’ $8-billion contract with Time Warner has resulted in a blackout. Most of us can’t watch the Dodger games on TV.

There are only two ways to see a Dodger game — buy a ticket or subscribe to Time Warner. DirecTV is not carrying the Dodgers this year. Most cable companies are not carrying the new Dodger Channel.

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