Posted by MATHA531
on Monday, October 30th 2017:
In Reply to: Re: Brooklyn Dodger Baseball posted by Flanagan on Monday, October 23rd 2017:
What we have here is a generational difference. People such as Matty and myself lived and breathed Brooklyn Dodgers baseball and were totally devastated when that pos O'Malley, simply in the name of greed, moved the franchise despite the fact it was the biggest money maker in baseball thanks to their lucrative radio-television contract. And years after the fact, too many have tried to sanitize what O'Malley did with lies such as it was Robert Moses' fault and that O'Malley was forced to move the team to stave off bankruptcy. What a laugh.
Was Ebbets Field obsolete. Absolutely although it certainly could have lasted another decade. Was Atlantic/Flatbush an idea location for a ball park? Well while well served by public transport, how would the Dodger fans from the Island drive to the game? The infrastructure there has hardly changed since 1957. Can you imagine a Friday night game at Atlantic Yards trying to get traffic off of the BQE into the parking lots which were to be where the LIRR train tracks are today? And to use eminent domain for construction of a private baseball field would have, at the very least, been subject to years of litigation. You think O'Malley would have waited? And if you don't believe me, look at how long it took to straighten out the litigation about the construction of Barclays Centre (which btw is not at the same location as the ballpark would have been but several blocks away).
Believe me, I have never been a fan of Robert Moses (read a book called the Power Broker by a man named Caro), in this case he was probably correct. I think the location of Citi Field would have been perfect for the Dodgers considering what had happened to their fan base. Yes I know. It's Queens not Brooklyn but so what. The boundary between Queens and Brooklyn is totally artificial bases on the way some Dutch towns were laid out in the 17th century. And we're all part of Long Island.
Unfortunately, as I said, there are so many misconceptions out there about what actually happened. O'Malley wanted a hand out so he could build his privately owned ballpark despite the fact the new ballparks at the time were all municipally owned (County Stadium in Milwaukee for example). The Dodgers were still making more money that any other team in baseball (even the Yankees who had to share channel 11 with the Giants while the Dodgers had channel 9 all to themselves). The theft of the Brooklyn franchise from this area will remain one of the biggest black marks in the history of baseball. When it became apparent the fans who supported a team didn't matter in the interests of greed.
And this has nothing to do with whether Los Angeles deserved a mlb team. It should have been an expansion team. And it was the job of mlb to defend the interests of the fans.
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