Poor Josh Rawitch. First he had to defend Frank McCourt and now he has to deal with Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. From Nick Piecoro at the Arizona Republic:
Fans sitting in a suite behind home plate on Friday night were asked by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick to change out of their blue Dodgers shirts or else move to a different suite.
The fans agreed, changing into Diamondbacks merchandise provided by the team, Diamondbacks spokesman Josh Rawitch said, adding that the fans would have been refunded had they chose to be relocated.
Rawitch said that because of the high visibility of the seats, the team has a policy forbidding fans from wearing opposing team’s gear before they purchase the suite, which ranges in price from $3,250 to $3,500 depending on the night.
"We don’t tell them they can’t cheer for the other team," Rawitch said. "We just ask them to adhere to the policy that we give them when we sell them the tickets."
Though the stadium was publicly funded, the Diamondbacks say they have the right to dictate what fans do and do not wear, just as teams can determine whether fans are allowed to bring signage into stadiums.
Insecure much, Kendrick? I was going to bag on those Dodger fans who would so easily wear the opposing team's colors, but what are you going to do when the opposing team's owner actually enters the suite and argues with you? Maybe they should have just gone shirtless in protest. Stay classy, Arizona.
UPDATE: The Dodger fan speaks! Dodgers Fan Who Was Forced To Change Shirt: D-Backs Owner "Is A Bully" (Deadspin)