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My name is Eric Becker and I’ve been a Dodgers fan since I could speak, and probably earlier. In fact, my first word was “Dodger.”
I decided to take up blogging about the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 season. I’ve always wanted to do a blog, but now I feel the time is right.
The McCourt era, especially the last two years, left a deep gash on my psyche. I found myself compelled to do something I had once thought was unfathomable: stay away from Dodger Stadium. I fought the good fight, not only boycotting but protesting McCourt’s ownership. 2012 was a great season as it saw new ownership and some big-time moves meant to solidify the future of the franchise. Now 2013 is upon us and with an offseason for Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson to instill their philosophy upon the organization and show their dedication through not only taking on the largest payroll in Major League Baseball, but in putting $100+ million of work and renovations into Dodger Stadium to get it ready for the 2013 season and to restore one of baseball’s crown jewels back to its rightful place amongst the greatest ballparks of all time.
This blog is about a story. A story of healing through baseball, fansmanship, and how after the war was won and McCourt was driven out, we came together to experience a team together, to experience a season together, and just importantly, to celebrate this National Past Time together.
I plan to do this through game commentary, analysis of the Dodgers, their rivals, and other interesting plotlines throughout the sport as the season goes on, as well as photographs and fan interviews and discussion of the social aspect of the sport, in particular if anything interesting pops up on the social networking scene.
The main focus of this blog is obviously the Dodgers, but I plan to discuss other teams and players, and of course I hope that all fans of the sport will feel welcome here and enjoy what they read, whether they root for the Dodgers or not.
If you have any insights or just want to talk baseball, feel free to comment on my posts, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and celebrating what will certainly be an amazing 2013 season together with all who come here. There’s something different in the air at Chavez Ravine this year. I believe it may be time for the Fall Classic to return to Los Angeles and for the Dodgers to paint the city a deeper shade of blue this October.
-Eric Becker, April 2nd, 2013