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Rule Forbidding Fans' Signs Is a Strike Against Dodgers

Baseball: The stadium's ban on spectators' posters takes the fun out of the game.

September 14, 1997|AMANDA GOLOB | Amanda Golob, 14, is in ninth grade at Valencia High School

I recently attended a Dodger game and was dissatisfied, not with the Dodgers, but with their strict rules.

My brother and I had an idea to make a sign for our favorite player, Mike Piazza. I did the lettering and my brother drew a wonderful picture of Piazza. We were so excited. We could imagine ourselves on TV, proudly holding up our sign, hoping Piazza would take a look in our direction.

When we arrived at the gate, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see a security guard asking me to leave my sign outside. I tried to argue with him, explaining how much work went into it, but he wouldn't listen. I don't blame him because I know he was just following orders. I walked to the trash can and set my poster next to it, so I could collect it after the game. In the trash can I saw many torn-up signs. What a waste of people's time; they had to be let down after all their hard work. They always tell you hard work and effort pay off. . . . Well, not in this case.

After that moment I didn't want to go to the game. I had built myself up, thinking how great it would feel to hold my sign up for all to see.

Dodger games were meant for fans to enjoy. Winning teams always have huge fan support. In Atlanta, almost everyone who attends a game has a sign with a favorite player's name on it, and Atlanta is a winning team.

The fans should be the most important factor in a game. Without fans, teams are meaningless.

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