Dodgers Web Musings: Attendance continues downward
As that great baseball mind, Randy Travis, once warbled: "Since my phone still ain’t ringing, I assume it still ain’t you."
Or as he really meant: "Since the seats still are empty, Dodger fans, I assume it still ain’t you."
The Dodgers open their fifth homestand of the season Friday night, and attendance continues to plunge.
The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth thinks the attendance drag is the "McPerfect Storm" of people fed up with the McCourts’ ownership, the opening-day beating of a Giants fan and a star-less, mediocre team.
All true, although I lean heavily to the McCourt angle. Boycotters, your numbers swell.
Attendance at Dodger Stadium through the first 25 home dates is down a total of 178,219 -- the Dodgers representing a stunning 63% of baseball’s overall decline (282,160).
And there’s no reason to believe it’s going to change anytime soon.
Also on the Web:
-- Of all teams, is it possible the Arizona Diamondbacks are best poised to take advantage of the Giants losing catcher Buster Posey?
ESPN’s Buster Olney takes a look at the surprising rise of the Kirk Gibson’s D-backs.
-- And in a video, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian looks at whether the defending champions can win without Posey.
-- Considering the Dodgers’ current financial situation, Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman doesn’t think they will be able to re-sign both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier after next season, and that James Loney is a likely non-tender candidate.
-- Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness’ Mike Petriello, surprise, is shocked at the concept at non-tendering Loney. Actually, he thinks Heyman could be a year off.
-- Here’s another wrong stat the Dodgers lead the league in: The Times’ Ben Bolch writes they top the league in players on the disabled list.
-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman envisions his current Dodgers lineup, sans all injuries.
-- True Blue LA’s Eric Stephen writes that given the number of injuries, and with the Giants losing Posey and the Rockies losing Jorge De La Rosa, he’s not quite ready to give up on the Dodgers.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick writes of general manager Ned Colletti’s support for guide dogs.
-- Right-hander Ian Snell, cut by the Cardinals in the spring, has signed with the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times