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Dodgers Fans Show No Love For Their Team
- Updated: June 24, 2011
I’m finally back from my trip to Los Angeles for a Muscular Dystrophy study. Sorry for the lag in articles, but no laptop and no home = no articles. But all was not lost, my friends. My trip to sunny California gave me a chance to compare Phillies fans and Dodgers fans. I can say now with certainty that Phillies fans are far superior to the Dodgers. Let me tell you, one week in Los Angeles made me proud to be a Phillies fan.
Dodgers fans have the unfortunate reputation for arriving to games in the 3rd inning and leaving by the 7th. I always figured that was the laid back California attitude at work. I was quickly proven otherwise.
On my second day in L.A., I ventured over to the Farmers Market and The Grove on 3rd & Fairfax. What a pleasant area it was to stroll on a beautiful, sunny day. Complete with a trolley, water fountain, and gentle music, this L.A. treasure offers a magnificent array of stores, restaurants, produce, treats, and entertainment. Entirely open to the elements, you won’t see such a place in the Northeast.
Anyhow, I had been exploring for several minutes before it dawned on me: I didn’t see any Dodgers clothes. Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention, so I decided to take an unofficial tally of the amount of Dodgers gear.
Get this: in an entire week in Los Angeles, I counted a total of 6 pieces of Dodgers apparel. Hard to believe, I know. If I were to walk the floors of any mall or the streets of any neighborhood in the Philadelphia area, I guarantee 6 Phillies items would appear in five minutes. Admittedly, I spent about half of my time in the hospital for the MD study, but just six in a week?!
The next logical step to evaluate fans would be to catch a game at Dodgers Stadium, but I didn’t have the time. Still curious to find Dodgers Stadium, I later tried searching in a phone book map. Jeez, I would have had an easier time finding Waldo. There was no mention of it in the entertainment sections of the book and it was barely a blip on the map. Wow, a stadium that holds 56,000 people (the biggest in baseball) hidden from the world. Even the Lakers were hard to find.
That is enough evidence for me to conclude that L.A. residents simply don’t care about their sports teams. C’mon, show a little love and wear Dodger blue! When the fans don’t support the team and the city doesn’t advertise the arena, Los Angeles is announcing to the world that they have better things to do. That might be the sign of a great city, but is also signifies bad sports fans.
Enjoy the sun, surf, and movies, Los Angeles. In Philadelphia we will enjoy the Phillies.
Let me steal a moment of time if I can for a brief PSA. Muscular Dystrophy includes a group of over 30 diseases causing weakness in muscles, which in many cases leads to early wheelchair use. The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is always in great need of help. You can provide a lot of help to a lot of people by donating at www.mda.org. Whether it be $5 dollars or $500, you can make a real difference in someone’s life.