The story in today’s L.A. Times is that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has all sorts of reasons why the new $15 pricetag to park at the Stadium on gameday (up from $10 last season) is actually a good thing.
Apparently because one of the most successful sports franchises in the history of the world doesn’t have two dimes to rub together, McCourt is quoted as saying “We are doing everything in our power to make the parking situation better. It costs money to do that. We will invest the proceeds into solving the problem.” But Times writer Steve Henson points out that the extra five bucks for every four wheels rolling through the gates might instead be invested to cover this year’s $15-million increase to the player payroll.
McCourt does say the parking/traffic woes could be alleviated by an application of “robust public transportation” to and from the stadium then kills that dream by adding “But that is going to take awhile.” Why, is that Mr. MacCee? Look at the park-and-ride shuttle systems in place for the Hollywood Bowl and the Griffith Observatory. My bet would be that if you were doing more than just talking out your bullpen you could contract a similar system that could be up and running in something substantially less than “awhile.”
But in the meantime here’s my solution, Frankie and it’s guaranteed to ease the traffic burden as well as whatever conscience you still have. It’s simple: Grow yourself a pair of baseballs and charge $50 for the privilege of parking up there on the hallowed hill. My bet is there’ll still be at least one in three who’ll pony up such an outrageous amount and the rest will walk/bus/bike/hike it in from down below.