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Anonymous  
Subject:  Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursday
Date:  1/26/04, 7:18pm

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Message #17 of 6634  *NEW*
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DodgerRefugee  
Subject:  Re: Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursda
Date:  1/27/04, 10:29am
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And my personal probation on being a Dodger fan begins.Let's see... So you take the 5.... Drive way past Stadium Way.. Go past Disneyland, get off at Katella and look for the Big A.

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Message #18 of 6634  *NEW*
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Reedster  
Subject:  Re: Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursda
Date:  1/27/04, 11:38am
Actually, I would think this would make you HAPPIER. Fox has been a disease on the Dodgers... I'd take Marge Schott over Fox.

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Message #19 of 6634  *NEW*
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DodgerRefugee  
Subject:  Re: Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursda
Date:  1/27/04, 3:08pm
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Well, it's based on the reasoning that if Saddam Hussein was replaced by bin Laden, you wouldn't jump for joy.Granted, we don't truly know what McCourt wants to do with the team since he's been absolutly silent.. However, his past history and facts about his buy don't bode well.- He tried to buy the Boston Red Sox with the goal of tearing down the classic Fenway Park for a shopping mall and building a new park to drive business to his parking lot property.- With that in mind, reports have surfaced that McCourt wants the Dodgers only for the Chavez Ravine property.. Tear down the stadium for condos and build a new park downtown. While he hasn't stated this, or anything, publically, reports of this are in the Times every day and he hasn't done anything to deny this to anger-brewing fans (Note that while he probably wouldn't have the support of many for a downtown park, Chavez Ravine would be his land to do as he pleases)- To buy the Dodgers, he is borrowing a great deal of money, including quite a bit from Fox which will remain a partial owner of the team.. No reason to be happy there.- With limited funds,its been concluded by many that the Dodgers will run a small market budget much like the Padres, Expos and what the Angels used to be. The offseason moves, getting rid of Kevin Brown and replacing him with Bubba Trammell, seem to add to this conclusion.No... No reason to be happy. Kind of like watching a place you loved becoming skid row. It's becoming a refugee.The worst thing is there's nothing we can reallydo. Fox wants this and Bud Selig, who needs their TV money, will grant their every wish. This isn't the end of the Fox nightmare. In some ways, the last few years may have been a prequel to what's to come.I can see that caravan of refugees going up the 5 already.

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Message #20 of 6634  *NEW*
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drrubb  
Subject:  Re: Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursda
Date:  1/30/04, 10:43am
This whole problem would be fixed if baseball would grow some balls & develop a salary cap sinerio like the NFL has done. Salary caps give everyone a fairly competitve chance to be good & have parity with a more level playing field for everyone! Compitition among everyone generates more interest & intrigue from fans & would be fans from all over the United States & not just the big market areas along the east coast & the northeast quadrent of the country. This is the major problem with major league baseball! Fans all over the country watch the NFL because there is parity & seemingly equal coverage for everyone, where as the average american from Nebraska, New Mexico, Idaho, or Arkansas could probably care less about the state of baseball today because baseball's higher archy could probably give two shits about smalltown USA in the middle of nowhere! They just want to kiss New York's ass, or even Boston's, or Chicago's, or maybe even Atlanta's! What about Joe Blow in Fayetteville, Arkansas who would love to be able to follow the Kansas City Royals a little more often, but can't because it is not a big market area & the Royals are never on TV! How is someone like the Royals to get noticed if they never get on TV, except for the bottom line results & final scores on ESPN or ESPN 2? I'm starting an anti-big market movement so that baseball will recognize that there needs to be radical change for the better!

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Message #21 of 6634  *NEW*
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Jaydawg  
Subject:  Re: Baseball Owners to vote on Dodger Sale Thursda
Date:  2/1/04, 7:27pm
Well said, Dr. Rub, but I think Joe Blow of Fayetteville, Arkansas is most likely a Cardinals fan since he's closer to St. Louis. A baseball salary cap is a MUST in order for the game to become America's favorite pastime again. Carolina would never make it to the World Series as a baseball franchise. As for the Dodgers, let's look on the bright side. Murdoch and his so-called Fox "fair and balanced" cronies don't own the blue crew anymore, so that's the best news we've had since that '88 championship. McCourt says that he intends to keep Dodger Stadium intact, be open to a new G.M., and acquire new talent. As for me, I plan to continue getting off the Fletcher Ave. exit on the I-5. GIVE IT UP FOR THE AZUL!!!!

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