Ethier, Yankees and other such stuff…

Andre Ethier jammed the pinky on his right hand during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Garret Anderson moves into his place…

On a happier note, by the time this blog posts to Facebook, we’ll probably be at 200,000 fans so nice work, people! We’re about 30 fans short but it never ceases to amaze me how many people out there love the Dodgers. Just looking around the ballpark here in SD tells you that.

And as a response to 636566cy’s post about tickets to the Yankees series, I’m glad you asked about why we aren’t putting individual tickets on sale. Here’s the deal.

Every year, for games like Opening Day and the Postseason, we offer our Season Ticket holders the opportunity to purchase additional seats prior to the public on sale. It’s a very common practice for sports teams across the country. As we stated in our news release, the volume of requests that we’ve already received from our season ticket holders has been extremely high. Obviously there are a lot of people who want to come to this series. While we have Opening Day every year and we’ve been fortunate enough to be in the postseason in four of the last six, the Yankees don’t come to down that often. Demand for these tickets is quite large.

At this point, we can already tell that once we give those season ticket holders the opportunity and take care of our internal ticketing needs, there will not be seats available to put on sale for the public. We obviously can’t sell what we don’t have and we have to take care of those who commit to season seats.

A side benefit that this also helps assure is that we will have Dodger fans in the house for those three games and that the ticket brokers won’t snap up every seat in the house. If we were to put them on sale to the individual public, I think it’s fairly safe to say that an enormous portion of those seats available would wind up on eBay or other such sites and begin selling for four or five times face value, if not more. And a huge portion of the people who will buy them will be Yankee fans in Los Angeles, whereas Dodger fans are much more interested in seeing seven games over the course of the season.

The seven-game plans start for as little as $9 per game, or $63 for an entire week’s worth of games. We believe that’s a very fair price, and there are plenty of other options, too (including some that have food included in the right field pavilion).

I hope that helps you understand the reasoning behind our approach…and now here’s to another win tonight in San Diego! First pitch is a minute away…


  1. trublu4ever

    Now I really feel sorry for the suckers who bought the mini plans. I bet they will be ticked off when the individual tickets go on sale .

  2. nedajerk

    Dang 1 out triple with Loney scoring with 1 out and Blake and Dewitt have to k’s. Blake needs to get an offday. I hate strand runner at 3rd bases with less than 2 outs.

  3. nedajerk

    Dang 1 out triple with Loney scoring with 1 out and Blake and Dewitt have to k’s. Blake needs to get an offday. I hate strand runner at 3rd bases with less than 2 outs.

  4. blueteapartymember1

    Josh, if it walks like a duck and looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

    No matter how you paint it, it’s still extortion.

  5. jhallwally

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!!!! Going really well right now. I’m sorry, but, Ferk, until this roll is over, I wouldn’t mess with it.

  6. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya Chevelle!!! You’ve made my night. I’m doing well my father/friend. How about you? I just can’t see upsetting the balance right now by trying to force feed Furcal back into the lineup. This team is just fine without him.

  7. enchantedbeaver

    Wasn’t me Wally. Beavers don’t quack. They bite. πŸ™‚

    Many people think I’m a little too much like bear as it is…

  8. dodgereric

    I’m doing just fine! I’ve got your mother in my living room tonight, watching the game. She says she hopes you’re behaving yourself tonight.

    Although Furcal was doing pretty decent before he was injured, there sure isn’t any rush to get him back. They are indeed playing too well to mess with the combo.

  9. enchantedbeaver

    Nice day today Mom. The creeps next door haven’t given me the business much lately. I did my chores and stained the back deck too.

  10. blueteapartymember1

    Beav? BEAV? Although I usually find myself either agreeing with The Beav, one of us should be insulted! LOL!

    ………and I thought beavers nibbled……..

  11. blueteapartymember1

    Ummm……. make that “Although I usually find myself either agreeing with OR BEING AMAZED BY The Beav”………

  12. dodgereric

    LOL, iwannabelikebear! That makes you just like the rest of us!

    Hey e! You didn’t stain your deck with their blood, did you??

  13. dodgereric

    Hiya tru!!

    I really, really, really, really, really, really, really don’t wanna put the whammy on the poor kid, but you don’t think he’s learned something do you?

  14. enchantedbeaver

    I find the explanation on the Yankee tickets a bit weak. All it tells me is that Frank sidles up to the season ticket holders who have the money. The rich get the spoils, while Joe average gets the shaft.

    I also find it interesting that its OK for Frank to rip you off for 6 more games of ticket costs, but its not OK for someone to get them to sell on eBay for their own profit at whatever the market will bear.

    And that’s a bunch of crap about filling the stadium with Dodger fans rather than Yankee fans. I’m sure a good third of the crowd will be cheering on the team from the Bronx.

  15. dodgereric

    I’m wondering how many people actually bought the 13-game plan just to get Yankee tickets. They ought to sue.

  16. trublu4ever

    While we are complaining, I don’t like the fact that ITD has become more important to Facebook than to us!

  17. dodgereric

    It looks like Troncoso is warming up, so the kid is probably done for the night.

    In his last two starts, Kersh has put this together:

    15IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 5 walks, 16 Ks

  18. enchantedbeaver


    I can hear someone out there in ITDland right now going “uh-oh, it’s the four dead horsemen of the apocalypse.”

  19. enchantedbeaver

    Question – who do you take out for defensive purposes in the bottom of the 9th? Manny or Anderson?

  20. dodgereric

    Sorry e! Just went to the Bahamas for a while.

    The best answer is…… this wouldn’t have been a problem if they’d have DFA’d Anderson and kept Paul.

  21. dodgereric

    I was just looking at Oswalt’s and Lee’s numbers. Oh, if only we had a real live owner instead of one made of clay…………

  22. northstateblues


    Can’t argue with you there, that’s business. But it’s not the Dodger Way I remember, and I’m only 29.

    I remember well into the 1990’s buying single game tickets for Opening Day, having gone to more than I can remember. It was almost a tradition for my family growing up. And we’ve filled sections of Dodger Stadium with groups many times over the O’Malley years. That was also at least a once-a-year tradition.


    And that is why the Dodgers have inherited 3.5 million + fans every season to this day.

    That is why the McCourts have inherited Dodger fans who were happy to buy 14 game plans for a chance to see the New York American League Baseball Club. The ones who were soon to be shot in the foot less than a month later when the 7-game plans came out.

    I know you know what the Dodger Way was, Josh. I also understand why you have to toe the line. I appreciate everything you’ve done here and likely will continue to do here at Inside The Dodgers.

    But everytime McCourt puts out a Press Release saying that they must do business this way because other teams do it, that the reason they Gerrymandered the seating sections and ripped out foul territory for more expensive tickets was because other teams do it, THAT WE HAVE TO KOTOW TO THE IMAGE OF THE ALMIGHTY NEW YORK AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL CLUB BECAUSE OTHER TEAMS DO IT, I can’t help but be confused over whether to shed a little tear, get a little sick, or both.

    That being said, great win tonight! Glad to see the Dodgers doing great, kicking the Padres and reminding them who owns the gold in Southern California. 3 more games to go (with two against Houston inbetween)… GO DODGERS

  23. perumike

    Great game tonight, glad to see Kersh and Co. only put up a 1 in the first, followed by a whole lot of zeroes. Let’s show the Pads back to their rightful place in the division.

  24. gibbie23

    Mighty Madres no mas? Thaz right Dodger Faithful, SIX STRAIGHT WINS now as Los Doyers go for another NL West rival sweep tomorrow… can’t believe I’m saying it (again) but TIME TO BUST OUT THE BLUE BROOMS! πŸ˜‰

  25. bluesplash09

    Please get better soon Andre! the mvp and an all star start are there for the taking. Maybe the club is just setting up for Andre to pinch hit tues on his bobblehead night a la Manny last year. Come back soon! Go Dodgers!!!

  26. perumike

    Darn it Dre! Get better soon! I was hoping to see you on Tuesday, hopefully a miracle happens and you can play! Either way, get better and get back soon!


    That’s about right. You’re having the season of a life time and your finger breaks in batting practice. Guess that shows you how good he is. He generates that much force, but it looks so effortless.
    None-the-less, break out the brooms.

  28. nellyjune

    The best quote last night after the Andre news was “We proved we can win without him. We proved that tonight.”

  29. 636566cy

    Josh – I appreciate the fact that you actually tried to address my comment. While the explanation was about what I expected, at least you did make an effort.

    I’m going to tag onto northstateblues theme a bit here and question why the Dodgers feel like they need to follow what every other team in baseball does. Frank continues to give lipservice to Dodger Tradition, but this decision flys in the face of Dodger Tradition. As pointed out earlier, Dodger Tradition is that every fan had equal access to tickets and it was first come first serve.

    The other flaw in the the explanation is the whole season ticket holder thing. While I understand that season ticket holders get the opportunity to buy extra game tickets (I’m a season ticket holder myself), the real problem is that there are plenty of single game tickets available. The front office has made the awful decision to bundle those tickets into packages to sell more tickets to other games instead of just offering them to the public. If there weren’t tickets available, then those ridiculous mini plans wouldn’t be available. The front office has just decided that bilking non-season tickets holders out of more money is the McCourt Way.

    One last thing: the eBay arguement. Let’s just get off the soap box please. MLB fully endorses the use of StubHub to get a piece of the secondary market pie. The front office could care less who buys the tickets as long as their are butts in the seats (that was a great attempt on your part thought to try to use that emotional plea to make your case). In fact, the front office probably fully realizes that if tickets get bought and then get put on StubHub that they actually make something out of it twice, but since the evil eBay isn’t a partner of MLB, heaven forbid that some tickets end up there. Do you even realize that the reason some of your deep pocket season tickets holders (not me unfortunately) like the extra games option is so they can buy tickets to what they think will be the big ticket games so they can resell them on the secondary market to recoup some of their ticket costs? Either the front office is blind to that fact or you were just trying to sell us a bill of goods (I thinking it is the latter).

    Josh, either the front office needs to hire some people that have the real pulse of the fans out here or you guys are going to be wallowing in public backlash until the McCourts are forced to sell the team. Good luck!

  30. nellyjune

    Note to self……..don’t buy tickets for Sundays or day games! Manny and Casey out of lineup, along with Andre, but that is different today. It is not like traveling back to LA from San Diego is such a big feat. With that said…….best of luck to Andre. I hope the doctors do what is best for you. Take care of the problem now because we will need you more in June, July and August…….and beyond!!!

  31. trublu4ever

    Nellyjune ~ I would not go to a Sunday game either. Charlie mentioned last night night that Msnny & Casey woukd probably have the day off….but, when Andre got hurt, I though Joe would change his mind. i don’t think it is fair to do this to Billz every time he goes out there. And, most of all, it’s not fair to the FANS!!!!!

  32. northstateblues

    (CC: Josh)


    The Dodgers aren’t keeping tickets out of the single-ticket-minded / out-of-town fan’s hands, they’re keeping FACE VALUE TICKETS out of the single-ticket-minded / out-of-town fan’s hands.

    Single ticket buyers will get into Dodger Stadium. Ironically, it’ll be by getting fleeced by the very people the Front Office is bending over backwards to accomadate. Not the season ticket holding fans or mini-plan buying fans. The green-hued Franklin, Grant, Jackson and Lincoln. (Washington is probably valued very little and doesn’t sleep there anymore) Guess if one’s sold 7-14 additional tickets, one could really care less what becomes of the other ticket.

    Once again, good business sense. But it’s not the Dodger Way I remember.


    I’m not dead set against the teams management, but I’ve got to say again, this mini-plan business has an unpleasant odor to it. Last time the Yanks came, I was able to get the single game ticket. Had to do it at 4:00 am, but it was worth it. Buying seven games to do it now is out of the question. I live too far.

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