Really? An oversized, ugly mascot running around at Dodger Stadium [April 9]? The Dodgers have finally stooped this low? Maybe I'm glad I can't watch Dodgers games on TV anymore. At least I have Vinny for three innings on radio. Don't think I'll have to worry about him describing this latest lack of class.
No, no, no, no and no. Listen carefully, Dodgers: Drop the "non-mascot" thingy, slowwwwwly back away, and nobody gets hurt. L.A. already has the world's greatest baseball fans, who adore the team, partly because it has never needed such obviously contrived marketing gimmicks to sell tickets or attract fans. Let's keep it that way, OK?
Gary L. Platt
I think Vinny should now change his opening statement to... "For the few of you out there who can see me, it's time for Dodger baseball."
It's the Time Warner curse!
Time Warner Cable paid the Lakers billions of dollars for exclusive rights to broadcast their games. For the first few weeks of the NBA season, 70% of the Lakers' faithful couldn't watch the games on TV. Kobe Bryant goes out, Steve Nash goes on the DL; and the list goes on and on.
TWC paid the Dodgers billions of dollars for exclusive right to broadcast their games; 70% of the Dodger fans can't watch their team on TV. Clayton Kershaw's back goes out, Brian Wilson goes on the DL; Matt Kemp is a big question mark and Puig gets benched on opening day.
Does this scenario sound familiar?
The Times quotes some higher-up in Dodgers' ownership, speaking on the television access issue, something to the effect of, "It will all settle down; they always go back-and forth on these things, jockeying in negotiations." Translation: "What do I care? I got my billions!"