You’ll see a lot of stories like this through the season if you’re a Dodgers fan: the size of the crowd was a secondary concern to the actual game being played at Dodger Stadium.
No doubt the Los Angeles Dodgers will be one of the most scrutinized teams in baseball this season, as pundits attempt to measure the health of the historic franchise on a game-by-game basis. This probably isn’t fair to the Dodgers’ front office — it’s pretty common knowledge around baseball insiders that the second game of the opening series is the best time to attend a game because all the amateurs are gone and the crowd will inevitably be smaller and better) — since it’s really a variation on a death watch.
So maybe it’s a little unfair for Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times to focus on a small crowd on a cold Wednesday night during the opening homestand, days before the Stan Kasten/Magic Johnson/Guggenheim Baseball group is slated to take control of the team and Dodger Stadium. True, fans may be punishing Frank McCourt a little for last season, but the team’s off to a good start — 5-1 — and there’s certainly optimism about a restoration of the Dodgers as an MLB flagship franchise and the possible renovations to Dodger Stadium.
The real test will be the gravy months of June and July after Magic has had time to to work his magic and Don Mattingly has proven whether the Dodgers can be a consistent winner. Until then, monitoring attendance on a nightly basis isn’t the best way to cover a sport where change is measured in months and years and sometimes decades, not days.
RELATED STORIES: Dodgers sale expected to be approved Friday; Dodgers to mark 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium in tonight’s season opener; Reax to Dodgers sale to Johnson group; Kasten, Johnson group to buy Dodgers, Dodger Stadium for $2 billion; The unimaginable emerges: The sale of naming rights to Dodger Stadium; Seven groups still in running for Dodgers; Dodgers sale complicated by McCourt decision to keep land surrounding Dodger Stadium; Torre quits MLB post to pursue Dodgers; O’Malley: I want to bring the Dodgers home; Dodgers lower season-ducat costs for 2012; Jamie to Frank: The Dodgers are yours; MLB to bankruptcy judge: Force McCourt to sell Dodgers or we’ll do it later; Weirdness bubbles to surface in Dodgers bankruptcy; Dodgers attendance woes could cost team $27 million; Judge: Dodgers must accept MLB loan; MLB: McCourt not acting in best interests of Dodgers; Dodgers: Selig was unfair toward us; McCourt files for bankruptcy on Dodgers, Dodger Stadium; Selig: No to proposed Fox/Dodgers TV deal; McCourts reach tentative divorce agreement, allowing Frank to keep Dodgers — maybe; Could McCourt lose Dodgers and keep Dodger Stadium?; Gloves are off for McCourt: Selig has no right seizing Dodgers; Schieffer new Dodgers monitor; McCourt response to Selig: strong words, no lawsuit; Selig seizes Dodgers from McCourt; Stow still in critical condition; No arrests at Dodger Stadium with new security system in place; Dodgers scrap half-price drink promotion; All quiet at AT&T Park last night; Security tight for tonight at AT&T Park Dodgers-Giants tilt; Dodgers up security; will it be enough?; Giants fan severely beaten in Dodger Stadium parking lot; suspects sought; Selig shoots down Fox loan to Dodgers; Messy McCourt divorce takes another turn
Share your news with the baseball community. Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a subscriber to the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter? You can sign up for a free subscription at the Newsletter Signup Page.