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On opening day, Dodgers management strikes out

The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine.
Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants.
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Chad and Lola kept walking and found more of the same activity. He took pictures with his smartphone and approached another group of LAPD officers, but got the same result.
If you think Chad might have been exaggerating, I can tell you otherwise. I took a stroll with him and saw so many dropped pants and bare butts — and Im talking men and women — that it looked like spring break gone wild. We even saw a woman holding a roll of toilet paper while waiting for her friend, who was squatting under a tree.
All right, so it was opening day. Music blasted through the park, fans were excited and some of them got an early start on the beer.
But for Kline and others, it was one more reason to wonder if Dodger management cares enough about being a good neighbor. They were already ticked off when they learned just three weeks ago that the Scott Avenue gate at the stadium, seldom opened for games in the last 20 years, would be permanently reopened this year, meaning more vehicles on the narrow and already congested streets of Echo Park.
And this was the least of the Dodgers PR problems. Although the team is pocketing billions of dollars in a TV contract, 70% of the regions viewers wont be able to watch the games at home unless a deal is negotiated. Cable and satellite companies argue that Time Warner Cables fee for programming rights is a mugging. And as The Times reported, even Dodger announcer Vin Scully, who works only home games, cant watch road games on TV at his home in the Valley.
Its all about money, said Peter Guerra, a lifelong Dodgers fan attending a pre-game house party on Scott Avenue that featured a mariachi band.
Were all upset, said Claudio Salas, whose mother was hosting the bash. I live in West Covina and cant get the games there, either.
Theyre greedy, said Danny Soto.
I had to ask: Why, then, had he bought a ticket for the game?
Because I love the Dodgers.
But are the Dodgers taking that love for granted?
Dana Starfield, a lifelong Yankees fan, dropped the Bronx bums for the Dodgers when she moved to Scott Avenue a year ago.
I switched sides, feeling I had betrayed my family. And now I feel totally betrayed by the Dodgers, said Starfield, who was burned up about the Dodgers waiting so long to drop the Scott gate surprise on the neighborhood.
She wasnt too happy with City Hall, either, wondering why a green mayor such as Eric Garcetti — who used to represent the neighborhood as councilman — hasnt come up with more shuttles and other alternatives to keep his former neighborhood from being overwhelmed by cars.
Dont get her wrong, said Starfield. She understands that along with the advantages of a nearby ballpark, there are certain unavoidable inconveniences.
Theres fun, excitement and energy in living near a ballpark. But theres just blatant disrespect of the community.
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