Before I share some more pics with you, I thought I’d share this with you from the LA Times Forum.
” The Dodgers could lose thousands of season-ticket accounts this year, even after back-to-back appearances in the National League championship series.
“My concern is the number of unpaid accounts that haven’t canceled,” Mannion said at baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings in Phoenix.
He noted that fans are holding onto their money as long as possible, given the tenuous economy. He cannot yet say how many fans are giving up their seats, because of the economy or otherwise.
The Dodgers have yet to sign a major free agent this winter — and they let Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf go without offering them salary arbitration — but Mannion said the Dodgers have not been flooded with complaints about the team’s offseason inactivity.
“I can honestly tell you we’re not seeing any density of phone calls about the composition of the team,” he said. “We’ve got largely the same ballclub we had coming back.
“It’s the economy. We have a very interesting baseball team. We have plenty of star power. We have star power on the rise.”
Mannion also said the Dodgers would impose a premium on single-game ticket prices for 28 popular games, including those against the Angels and New York Yankees. The Dodgers have frozen prices on season tickets but have yet to announce prices for single-game tickets.”
— Bill Shaikin in Phoenix
Whatever the reasons, even as a partial season-ticket holder, it is hard to go to all 15 games that I get tickets for every season. And now my Silver Slugger Plan has now been bumped up to 21 games, thus more money to spend, especially after the holidays. Of course, there is the Triple Crown package, 14 games, all_Sundays, which definately work great for me and would probably work the best for most of you as well since Sunday’s are a popular ” free day of the week “. One caveat, Opening Day is not included in this package. But for the most part, I would have to agree that the dropoff in season ticket sales would have to do with the economy because in seasons past when expectations were not quite as high, season ticket sales usually hovered around 23,000 . Of course, Dodger fans always turn up in droves come summer time and last seasons total attendance of over 3.7 million certainly reflected that.
In other news, the Blue is close to signing Matt Kemp to a 2 year deal and are pushing for mutliple year contracts for Ethier, Loney, and Broxton. I still maintain that we still have not seen the best from them yet, especially Dre and Matty. Now if we can just get some starting pitching…….C’MON BLUE, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET BACK TO THE WORLD SERIES, THE REST OF THE NL WEST ISN’T MAKING MUCH MOVES TO IMPROVE THEIR BALLCLUB, ALL WE JUST NEED IS TO FILL UP KEY SPOTS, YOU KNOW, A STARTING 2ND BASEMAN, A COUPLE OF STARTING PITCHERS, AND SOME BENCH HELP, AND I REALLY BELIEVE WE CAN PLAY DEEP INTO OCTOBER. THE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE ONLY WHETTED OUR APPETITE FOR MORE, THE ONLY OBSTACLE REALLY LEFT TO OVERCOME IN THE NL IS PHILLY, OUR ROADBLOCK THE LAST TWO YEARS !!!!! AND THEY SIGN HALLADAY IN THE OFF-SEASON !!!!!
Having said that, i’m still not in panic mode, YET !!!!
OK, having got some thoughts off my mind, here are some more pics from last season
Good to be back at The Ravine
Guillermo Mota entering from the LF Pavillion
Gone too soon…..RIP Nick Adenhart ( 1986-2009 )
Presenting our nations colors…..
A record Dodger Stadium crowd….
A feat not accomplished by a Dodger since Wes Parker in 1970
The start of 13 straight home wins by the Dodgers…..
Matt and JP during pre-game warmups. Note the pink bats on Mothers Day
Tie a Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness
‘Dre, Matt, and JP
Another Dodger win, 5/19/2009 vs. Mets
Time to celebrate !!!!
We would sing this a lot this year !!!!