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T Minus Six Days
Before I start up with the poetics again, I feel an introduction is necessary. After all, I will be writing here every other day from next week until October. Anyhow it is my birthday today so you’ll have to excuse the self-indulgence.
I am honored to be writing on this esteemed website about a team I so love.* I don’t aim to be a reporter spouting stats and box scores. I just want to provide you the reader a glimpse into the twisted psyche of this particular Dodger fan while keeping you informed about the team.
A note of warning: I have the attention span of a three-year old on meth. That’s it. No qualifying that statement.
Odds and Ends
Ego stroking out of the way, here are a couple of things to know about this year.
1. Beware of Parking! Not only did owner Frank McBankrupt (nee McCourt) raise the price of parking to $15, now you can only exit through the gate you entered. Naturally there is no mention of the price increase in the mailer they sent out to season and mini-plan ticket holders (of which I'm the latter). It makes me feel blessed that I live within walking distance of the stadium.
2. Beware the Sports Illustrated Curse! Sports aficionados know that whatever teams Sports Illustrated picks to win it all usually end up underachieving. In the March 26th issue of the rag, writer Tom Verducci picked the Angels and the Dodgers to make it in the World Series with the Angels winning it all. So if the curse holds, we can expect the Dodgers to falter down the stretch, but at least it'll be better than the last-place Angels! **
I think I'm done here. I'll make one more pre-season post after Friday's game against the Angels (which I'll be attending). Then it's on for reals yo.
* Obligatory kiss-up sentence completed. It's all going to go downhill from now.
** Last year, SI had the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals making to the WS. The curse didn't quite hold up to form seeing as how the Cardinals won the WS.
image of unknown fan at game 3 of nlds 2006 courtesy the aging author