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Clayton Kershaw at Spring Training in Arizona.

Clayton Kershaw at Spring Training in Arizona.

The only good thing going for Dodgers fans is that Clayton Kershaw is ours and ours alone. Every other aspect of being a fan is depressing and hard to even believe.

These owners don’t send us season ticket holders the beautiful printed tickets we used to get (even though season tickets cost twice what they did three years ago), they make us go through online rigamarole just to get a Dodgers Pride Rewards card for our spouse, they treat us like terrorists at the gates of the stadium, they won’t let us watch away games on TV, and now, the ultimate extortion plot, they take away our street parking! Who’s the terrorist now?

The L.A. Times reported today in a Page 1 story, “The number of people watching the games on TV has fallen, from 228,000 a game in 2013 to an average of 56,289 last year — barely more than Dodger Stadium holds. At the same time, stadium attendance has soared. The team sold 3.8 million tickets last year, the most in Major League Baseball, and 3 million tickets were scooped up even before this season began.”

As anyone who came to last year’s games on a regular basis knows, this is flat-out bad reporting, although the Dodgers’ management wishes it were true.

Ticket sales may have soared, because those bastards talked such a good line when they paid way too much for the team that people snapped up season tickets at a record number before the season started, in fact before anyone knew there was going to be a season-long TV problem.

But I’m telling you right now, no way was real attendance anywhere near what it was the year before. In 2013, bobblehead nights turned Dodger Stadium into a zoo! In 2014, on Clayton Kershaw bobblehead night, they didn’t even open all the concession stands, because there was nowhere near a capacity crowd.

Now, attendance will go down once again as people are forced to either pay $20 (TWENTY *%#@ING DOLLARS) for parking or not go to the game at all.

If those greedy pigs (that means you, $tan Ka$ten, Mark Walter$ and Magic John$on) are making so much money NOT showing us games on TV, why can’t they make it a little less unpleasant to see the games in person?

I’m not saying I miss Frank McCourt, but it was better being a frustrated fan then than a disrespected fan now.

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Back-to-Back Home RunsNot only did Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the 9th inning today (the first time for any Dodgers this season), but they won, believe it or not, for the second time in a row. Wow! That constitutes a string for this team.

The two dingers lifted the Dodgers out of a 1-1 tie just in time to call in Kenley Jansen to save the thing. So a 6-1 win Saturday, and a 3-1 victory Sunday, that makes a great weekend, even if it means a split series and no ground gained in the standings. At least no ground was lost, either, right? (I’m trying to make lemonade out of the lemons we have all been handed as Dodger fans, all right?)

This little boy’s impassioned 5th-grade graduation speech brought tears to my eyes. (Thank you, Bill Plaschke, for sharing.)

I used to have that blind faith in my team, and I wish I could see them with blinders on again.

Yesterday, we won the night game of a doubleheader, 6-0, but that day game was very depressing. We could have won it, too, were it not for the bonehead mistakes of one Ronald Belisario. My unhappiness with No. 51’s ineptitude is getting tiresome, so I won’t dwell.

Oh yeah, one more thing, Go Dodgers!