From Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times' new Dodgers Blog:
As spring training grows near and the opening of a new season beckons, I have one request of that certain element of the Dodgers’ faithful … grow up.
Specifically, Dilbeck is referring to the ubiquitous "[name of opposing team/player] sucks!" chant, calling it "a black mark on the sports culture of Los Angeles."
I happen to agree with this sentiment, but L.A. sports fans are constant. They love the Dodgers, Lakers, USC football and UCLA basketball. They expect the Lakers to compete for the championship every year. They show up to Dodger Stadium three million strong a year, win or lose.
At Dodger games, they play with beach balls, do the wave and boo the opposition (and former Dodgers). And they do the sucks! chant. These fans want nothing more than winning and entertainment, and they spend a lot of money. They, and their behavior, are as much a part of L.A. as palm trees and actor-slash-waiters.
Lamentably, the chant is here to stay.
first photo from Dodgers Top Buzz