Attendance is Down..Oh Whattt!!!!!

September 26, 2011

For what seemed like the inevitable, the Angels confirmed that they had outdone the Dodgers in a noticeable statistical category this season: Attendance. With the Angels supassing 3 million tickets sold for the 9th straight season, they easily outdrew the Dodgers for the first time, well ever. Supplant that with the fact that when the Dodgers played the Angels in the Interleague Freeway series, alot of Dodger fans could be seen at Angel Stadium, thus adding to their toatals. Furthermore, it was quite obvious to anyone that it would and probably should of happened.

What cannot be overstated however, is how disparaging and misguiding those figures are that teams give, as attendance and tickets sold are two completely different things. To anyone who went to a Dodger game this season, at home, it felt deserted. You could actually count out the people in the stands, and the so called 29,000 people in attendance must of been all buying food, in the bathrooms, or in their cars because there was no one really there. Or, for the fact of being comical, most where in hiding or wearing seat camouflage.

In reality, baseball was down all across the league, and yet, the Dodgers really outdid themselves and went above and beyond in offering historically low discounts for the mere fact of having people in the stands. Annoint the title of stupidity to Bud Selig for changing the way attendance was given, and annoint the title of insane to Frank McCourt for trying to inflate his numbers, when everyone could plainly see that the number given didn’t come close to the truth.

In fact, having barely reached the ACTUAL 2 mil people this season would seem like a blessing for the team, and yet, it comes as a bit dissapointing to know that it took the Angels this long to outdraw the Dodgers, even in a down season. So, with all due respect, who’s to say that they did any better.? I mean, the people were actually there in the stands, but then again, alot of people might of been hidding, or people just being counted as a ticket, rather than a person.

This Day In Dodgers History

September 26, 1988

Completing the first step in what would be an improbable run to a World Championship, the Dodgers clinch the National League Western Division title with a 3-2 victory over the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.

Los Angeles becomes the first N.L. club to win four division titles in the 1980s as it heads for a Championship Series showdown with the New York Mets, who took 10 of 11 games from the Dodgers during the regular season.

Mickey Hatcher proves to be the hero in the clincher, snapping a 2-2 tie and giving the Dodgers the lead for good with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. Hatcher, normally a reserve, got the start in left field that night for Kirk Gibson, who was sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

The Dodgers also did it with strong performances out of the bullpen. Alejandro Pena pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Fernando Valenzuela for the victory and Jay Howell notched his 21stsave.

Although they were considered underdogs against the Mets, the Dodgers managed to defeat New York in seven games before advancing to the World Series against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers again were considered underdogs against the Athletics, but won the franchise’s sixth World Championship in five games.

September 26, 1981:
Fireballer Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros fires his record fifth no-hitter, blanking the Dodgers 5-0 at the Astrodome in Houston.

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Dodgers go to Arizona for the last series

September 26, 2011

Clayton Kershaw may have clinched the pitching triple crown barring an out of order appearance by Ian Kennedy in the next three games.  He finished the season first in Wins (tied), ERA and strikeouts.  His record puts him in strong contention for the Cy Young Award.  However, it is not an absolute lock.  He trails the Phillie’s Halladay and/or Lee in several other stats including WAR for pitchers, Bases On Balls per 9 IP, complete games and shutouts.

One area where Kershaw is head and heals above his peers is his commitment to an orphanage for vulnerable children in Lusaka, Zambia.  He promised to donate $100 for every strikeout he pitched this year.  Finishing with 248, Clayton will donate $24,800 out of his $5oo,ooo salary, almost 5% of his check before taxes and other deductions.  It is like Hiroki Kuroda making a $595,200 donation.  This is one of the best stories of the year.

Matt Kemp did not make much progress in his quest for the Triple Crown.  Entering today’s game, Kemp is tied with Albert Pujols for the league lead in homers with 37, he leads the league in RBIs with 120, and his batting average of .324 is third in the league, seven points behind Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun.   Kemp needs to go 7 for 14 in his last three games to raise his average to .32836 and three home runs to reach the elusive 40/40 club.  If Ryan Braun goes 2 for 14 in his last games, he will finish just below Kemp at .32807.

Dana Eveland, who will probably be pitching his last game as a Dodger, goes up against Daniel Hudson tonight.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 26, 1997 – In a 10-4 win over the Rockies, Dodger catcher Mike Piazza hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28-year old backstop’s sixth-inning blast travels 496 feet and hits the left center field billboard between the scoreboard and Rock pile.