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Saturday, March 26, 2005

It's Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

I usually let Steve handle the Plaschke responses, but I told him I'd take care of this one.

If you got all your Dodgers info from Plaschke and Simers, you'd think:

1) 1988 happened two years ago
2) The Fox ownership never happened
3) Kevin Malone never happened
4) Frank "the Boston Parking Lot Attendant" McCourt was Donald Sterling's evil twin
5) Paul DePodesta went to Glendale College
6) There are easy, black-and-white answers when dealing and signing players; e.g., 1) sign Beltre at any price, 2) never trade your fan-favorite catcher, and 3) never trade hot-shot setup men. It doesn't even matter if J.D. Drew, Jason Phillips, and Yhency Brazoban match or substantially match their predecessors' performance.
7) The Dodgers don't care about the community or their fans. Kids should get in free, players should be doing charity work every day they're not playing, and the organization should never raise prices, even if ticket prices are microscopic compared to what the Lakers charge.

Plaschkers' favorite trick this offseason has been to track down dissatisfied fans, players, charitable organizations, sick kids, lonely widows, etc. and parade them in front of readers to show how awful the Dodgers organization is. Plaschkers spits naked vitriol and whine that has no journalistic value and provides the baseball fan with no substantive knowledge. While the Dodgers should never be immune to criticism and searching analysis, the banshee-pitch blather that comes from Plaschkers is journalism and analysis in name and form only.

Plaschkers can yap all it wants about DePodesta and McCourt breaking up a playoff team, raising ticket prices, and ruining the fan experience. This type of analysis doesn't tax the mind and the words come quick and easy during Around the Horn commercial breaks.

These types of arguments also carry a certain irony to them, however, printed on pages that used to cost twenty-five cents instead of fifty, and used to bear bylines like Jim Murray and Mike Downey instead of Plaschke and Simers. So the next time Plaschkers screeches about an organization that loses talent, raises prices, and ruins the fan experience, it might check to see if the same argument applies even more forcefully in the organization it "works" for.

6 Comments:

  • Well done, Jerry. I posted over at DodgerThoughts that we could all look forward to the Plaschke beatdown tomorrow morning. I'm glad to see this before I hit the pillow tonight. At the risk of sounding maudlin, you are Advil to the Plaschker migraine.

    How long, Bill Dwyre? How long??

    By Blogger Mr. Landon, at 3/27/2005 01:25:00 AM  

  • I told Jerry I wasn't going to do anything on this, because I have a law school project due on Monday. But I just read it this morning.

    What pointless hackery, devoid of context or ideas. How much does a similar seat cost in San Francisco? In Yankee Stadium? Bill Plaschke appears to be turning into the Dave Ross of writers.

    More, possibly, to follow, if I can get my other work done.

    By Blogger Steve, at 3/27/2005 08:14:00 AM  

  • Oh I feel so sorry for the poor millionaire ticket holder who can't keep up with his richer brethren. I can understand being angry over the Dodgers abandoning the mentally challenged youngsters, but this is ridiculous. Feeling sorry for a retired millionaire because he's not a billionaire or a corporation? You've got to be kidding. The most loyal fans are hardly ever front seat ticket holders.

    By Blogger Rick, at 3/27/2005 12:14:00 PM  

  • $20,000, indeed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/28/2005 09:07:00 AM  

  • i'm a dodger fan in the bay area, so i don't read the times unless it's on a blog. can someone tell me why does the guy make every sentence it's own paragraph?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/28/2005 08:29:00 PM  

  • This is a mystery no one can solve, Anonymous.

    Indeed.

    By Blogger Steve, at 3/28/2005 11:10:00 PM  

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