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Seeing red over blue-lined real estate at Dodger Stadium

April 10, 2008 |  8:56 am

Youll_need_big_bucks_to_stand_here_ Turns out all Dodger fans are not created equal: only the ones who can afford those pricey box seats can get autographs (and please, let's not even talk about the cost of Dodger Dogs).

That's right, a new rule (thanks, Frank!) keeps all but box seat holders away from field level. To quote T.J. Simers, only the rich kids to get autographs.

In fact, let's quote him some more, as he tries to get to the bottom of another elitist move by the team's current owner.

I CALLED Dodgers customer service, got "Joe," and he confirmed the new rule. He said he wasn't quite sure now how youngsters were supposed to get autographs.

"I don't have any information on that," he said.

He mentioned an area in  center field where fans are allowed to come on the field before games.

"I'm pretty sure you can get autographs out there," Joe said, and I'd like the name of the major league baseball player who turns his back on batting practice, fly balls landing all around him, just so he can give someone an autograph.

When I asked if I could discuss the situation with someone else, he said he was the guy, and took down my name and number.

I didn't hear from Joe again, so I called the Dentist, the Dodgers' new PR guy, who doubled as PR guy and dentist for the Red Sox.

He said the biggest complaint from Dodgers field box-seat holders "was the crowded conditions pregame at their seats and on the concourse from fans trying to get close to the players."

There's lots more, in the initial column here, and a follow-up today. Bloggers are all over this, of course: Josh Springer, Sons of Steve Garvey and Blue Heaven, to name just a few.

So what are the Dodger brass going to do about this nonsense situation? They've taken a page from your local (and state and federal) governments and -- you guessed it -- will study things some more.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: AP