L.A. Dodgers as “Yankees West”
One of my friends asked me if I planned on deriding the Dodgers for spending out the wazzou this offseason, seeing as I’ve trashed the Yankees and other similar high-spending teams over the years for playing the “rent-a-championship” game. My response: Absolutely!
I’m a baseball fan, so there is no way for me to utterly turn away from a game I love so much. But my interest in MLB has waned to a significant degree over the last decade or so, and even a Dodger’s championship contender will not change that. Sure, I check mlb.com virtually every night during the season, but mostly because it provides highlights, which gives me my baseball fix for the day. I understand all the blather about how “baseball is a business,” and blah, blah, blah. OK, so run it like a business if you want. That’s fine with me. It’s a badly run business. It’s way too expensive for fans, Bud Selig is a horrible “Commissioner,” players have no loyalty to teams anymore, every guy and his uncle is taking PED’s, contrary to Jim Carrey’s noise in “Dumb and Dumber,” it’s Tim McCarver who is “the most annoying sound in the world,” and major league baseball is just too darned removed from the common man of modest means like me who wants to enjoy the game.
I would ten-thousand times rather sit in the front row at a competitive high school baseball game than head down to the local stadium where it’ll cost me a week’s salary just to have a bite to eat. Give me little league over the ten-times too loud AC/DC music blaring over the loudspeakers between innings. The old MLB rivalries are hardly rivalries anymore. Yes, I still hate the Giants and Yankees, and always will; but it’s not the same as in the 70s when I was growing up. Heck, half my team’s lineup could be on the rival’s team the following season.
As far as the Dodger’s spending is concerned, I don’t think it’s going to get them to the Promised Land. The Yankees themselves tried this maneuver back in the 80s and came away with precisely zero World Series championships. I imagine the Dodgers are going to find a similar lack of success. But hey, as long as the TV stations can get theirs, and nosebleeds can start running me about $30 a pop, making big bucks for the already uber-rich athletes and top brass, well then, “it’s just good business,” right? No, it’s a bunch of crap, and I’m pretty disillusioned with it.
I’ll always be a kind of baseball historian, reveling in the great moments of the game gone by, reading aloud to my sons books entitled, “Baseball’s Greatest Sluggers” and the like; but you’re never going to hear me going on about my “love affair with major league baseball.” I have a love affair with baseball, and prefer to go out on dates with the non-major league variety.