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Speeding Tickets
2005-03-04 11:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Dodger Stadium Opening Day tickets sold out in 45 minutes, a Dodger record, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

Assuming this is true ... why is it true?

This isn't the first time the Dodgers are coming off a division-winning season. They aren't returning as World Series or National League champions. Many of the popular heroes from the division-winning team are gone. There's no consensus that they will return to first place. Opinion from the most-read newspaper in the city on the Dodger offseason has ranged from dubious to corrosive.

So what propelled this reported breaking the Mach 1 ticket barrier?

Is it merely a reflection of better ticket technology in 2005? Is it that the most fervent fans somehow didn't hear that the heroes are gone? Is it that the most fervent fans believe in the franchise makeover by the McCourts and Paul DePodesta? Has the new leadership simply made things more interesting?

Is it because organ music has been reduced? Is it because "This is L.A. baseball?" Has Los Angeles somehow run out of other things to do?

Is it for real?

Wha happen?

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