Old Brooklyn Fan, Where Are You?

August 17, 2011

Old Brooklyn Fan made a rare appearance the other day and promptly disappeared.  He reminded me of a TV show and a simpler time in America.

50 years ago, between the time of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Mets, there was a great sitcom on NBC that was unlike any of the reality TV drivel that is fed to us today.  Bring back the scripted drivel!

The theme song is crying out for a Dodger do-over.

There’s a holdup in the Bronx,
Brooklyn‘s broken out in fights;
There’s a traffic jam in Harlem
That’s backed up to Jackson Heights;
There’s a scout troop short a child,
Krushchev’s due at Idlewild!
Car 54, Where Are You??

Francis Muldoon (Frank) and Gunther Toody (Ned) in executive session.  The words may be different, but the feeling is the same.

Keep watching that traffic.  The rest of the MLB is passing you by.

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 17, 1992 – Kevin Gross no-hits the Giants at Dodger Stadium, 2-0.


Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

August 12, 2011

Evening: Time To Get Away
John Lodge

Evening has come to pass
The time of day doesn’t last
Evening has earned its place today
I’m tired of working away

Working, living it brings
Only way to have those things
Toiling has bought too many tears
Turn round all those past years

Evening time to get away
Evening time to get away
Evening time to get away
Till next day

Frank McCourt visits Joe Pierre, AKA Old Brooklyn Fan, at his seat during the ITD Tour game, then ignores him to bask in the adoration of other fans. (Click picture to see other photos from the ITD Tour, June 2009)

There have been many moods in the world of Dodger blue in the last couple of years.  When Frank McCourt spent a few hundred dollars to bring Joe Pierre from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in June 2009, he received back many times that amount in good will from Dodger fans.  He personally met and posed for pictures with many fans.  He frequently watched the game from his seat next to the dugout.  Our mood was good.

It has been two years and many events have unfolded to bring us to the ugly mood of today.   McCourt now is nowhere to be seen.

While he does not embrace it, for Frank, evening has come to pass.  It is time for him to relinquish control.  It is evening and time for him to get away.  Evening time to get away.

We can hardly wait until the next day.

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 12, 1984 – Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell, and perennial all-star shortstop Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame.