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An Open Letter to Frank McCourt

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Dear Mr. McCourt,

It's not too late. You can still fix this.

No, no. I'm not talking about your ballclub. That seems to be going all right. And despite this afternoon's loss to the Rockies, your team seems to be heading in the right direction. You just swept the Giants, Furcal will be back soon, and if Schmidt's hamstring injury from today isn't serious, your squad should be in the running for an NL West title.

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But the rest of it? Needs some fixing. And by "the rest of it", I mean, the way you're treating your fans. You know that record attendance you pulled in last year? Well, you can kiss it goodbye if opening day is any indicator.

Mr. McCourt, you passed through a higher ticket price increase than any owner in the major leagues this offseason (26.9%, per the LA Times). That fun little bump does NOT include the 50% increase on parking you passed on to your fans. You claimed that via the magic of "controlled parking zones" and an "increase in parking personnel" the Dodger parking situation would run as smoothly as a 6-4-3 double play.

Well you know what? The fan experience was not so good. It took me 30 minutes to get into your stadium yesterday (status quo!). It took me another 30 minutes to get a beer in the fifth inning (business as usual!!). And it took me an hour and a half to drive out of your stadium after the game.

I'm going to mention that again, Mr. McCourt, as I think it bears repeating. IT TOOK ME AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET OUT OF YOUR PARKING LOT THIS AFTERNOON.