The Dodgers celebrated their glorious past Saturday by bringing many of their former greats to play in their old-timers' game, but perhaps the most noticeable difference from the past was the small crowd.
"You look around, and I couldn't believe all of the empty seats," said Roger Craig, who had not attended a baseball game since he last managed the San Francisco Giants in 1992. "The image in baseball is bad. We have a lot of work to do to bring the image back."
Joe Black, one of the original Boys of Summer, said the game is missing a charismatic star. It doesn't have a Michael Jordan or a Barry Sanders, and worse, Black said, is that too many of the star players are suppressing their emotions on the field.
"The players don't act like they're having fun," said Black, the first African American pitcher to win a World Series game. "That's why people are saying baseball is too boring. They just don't see the exuberance.