It Takes 2 to Tango at Dodger’s Stadium

It Takes 2 to Tango at Dodger’s Stadium

Every Dodger fan should read this very interesting article by Lee Jenkins (editor ESPN). “The Day That Damned the Dodgers” (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1189731/index.htm)

I’m a True Blue Dodgers Fan. I have been all my life. The day I was born I was a Dodgers fan. If I could own season tickets to any professional sports venue, it would be Dodgers season tickets. Unfortunately, I don’t get that excited to visit Dodger’s Stadium after the Bryan Stow incident.

I’ve had my issues at Dodger’s Stadium. I’ve paid good money for great seats for my son and I to enjoy the game, only to feel uncomfortable by the loud mouthed, foul mouthed, idiots within the same ‘expensive’ section I paid good money for. I’ve walked by foul mouthed fans in the parking lot that did not respect others around them, even if there were children around – which were mine. I’ve had to tell people to keep it down with the language directly behind my seat. And it took me 7 innings to say a word because – IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO.

I went to a Dodgers game this year, a month or so after the Bryan Stow incident. There was a ton of security. I only went because I was given the tickets. And I had to think twice about supporting Frank McCourt and the mess he has made of OUR LOS ANGELES DODGERS.

Slowly but surely, some accountant nerd behind me got drunker and drunker. Beer after beer, word slurred after word slurred… finally, he was both intoxicated and irritating: voicing his personal feelings about McCourt and the Dodgers players. I laughed at first thinking, ignorantly, that soon this would pass. But then he got louder and less respectful to everyone around him. When cuss words started to come out of his mouth I decided that was the last straw. I turned around and told him to keep it down.

His excuse: “I pay for these tickets I can say what I want”.

I turned on my “Are you fuckin kidding me with that remark” charm and turned around and asked him to repeat what he said.

He wouldn’t.

Ego, bravado, hormones… this is what escalates when two humans confront each other. When you show it, either the other person shows more back or sulks away. He sulked in his seat and I was relieved that I didn’t need to go on a diatribe about freedom of speech and being responsible for what you say. No, I wasn’t going to get into a physical altercation – I was going to pound on this idiot with words with the intent to make him the focus of everyone’s attention around us on how THIS is why nobody is coming to Dodger stadium. Not McCourt – “YOU!” A standing ovation would precede my speech and the idiot accountant and his 3 lady friends would have to walk out and leave in shame.

It takes two to tango – he didn’t want to tango.

This is Dodger’s Stadium on a game to game basis. Every game I have been to there has been this situation and worse. Yes, every game. Crowds stand to see why security is escorting somebody out of their seats. It has happened every single time I’ve been to Dodger’s stadium. And when two people fight, it’s not because one punches the other for ‘no reason’ – the other is also pushing the limits and one crosses the line first.

Bryan Stow was not an innocent bystander, walking happily through the parking lot. It is completely unfortunate what happened to him. He did not deserve the beating. And I am so happy that they arrested the two that put Stow into a coma. But…

It takes two to tango.

You don’t just get beaten up for wearing a SF jersey at Dodger’s stadium – you get beaten up because you lose a fight. And if it’s a fight, it most likely could have been avoided if one party avoids provocation. Neither party in this incident was “Angels”. But one party got beaten up.

I hope Stow comes to a full recovery. I also hope that the two assailants will go to jail forever.

I hope McCourt leaves Los Angeles and moves back to Boston where he belongs.

I hope to get excited to go to a game again and actually go.

In fact, today, I thought, hey, what a perfect time to go to a game. Nobody is there, tickets are plentiful, you can move to great seats and nobody would care!

I get excited about bringing the kids to enjoy an evening game, right before the sun goes down – those are the best games to go to!

And then…

I get a knot in my stomach. What if somebody does something, things are said, words are exchanged, and I have to defend myself and my family?

Why risk it? Why even risk going? Forget it.

Yes, it takes two to tango – and turning away from confrontation is what you should do. But here’s my point – why even RISK the confrontation by going to a Dodger’s game. It’s not worth it.

Until MLB takes over the Dodger’s will this convince me that Dodger’s stadium is a different place to go. Yes, its about perception, and in my mind (and many others) Dodger’s stadium is just a place that confrontation is too easy to come by, and McCourt’s relationship with the team is why this is happening. I know, that sounds a little absurd, but that is the perception. And if McCourt is finally removed from the team, it’s pretty predictable that the perception of the stadium will immediately change.

If McCourt were to leave TODAY, I would bet that TOMORROW, the game would be sold out.

Frank McCourt – please leave OUR DODGERS.

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