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PostPosted: Tue 6/30/20 7:48 pm    Post subject: Open or Closed Gates? Reply with quote

We're hearing a lot about whether or when it will be safe to admit fans into games. I'm thinking we just get ready for baseball without fans in attendance.
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PostPosted: Wed 7/1/20 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you heard what Oakland is doing? They are offering for their fans to have cardboard cutouts at the Coliseum. Here's the link about it.

I think this is a cool idea! I wish other teams would do the same.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/11/20 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add to this, other teams have picked up on that idea of sponsoring a fan. The Angels are in now.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/16/20 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now you can add the Dodgers to that list of teams who are offering "cardboard cutouts" of individual fans. Personally I think it's kind of hokey but it will bring in money for the Dodgers Foundation although I think the amount they're charging is too high.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/16/20 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Artificial crowd noise is being pumped into Petco Park. Article linked here
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PostPosted: Tue 7/21/20 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh boy! Major League Baseball will now give us the chance to express ourselves during the games via technology - article linked here

The article says,

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• Fans can utilize the “Cheer at the Ballpark” feature at MLB.com, allowing users to communicate their roars, applause, or boos to stadium staff at games they’re watching; those emotions will be incorporated into decisions by sound engineers regarding the piped-in ballpark sounds that will be added to the ambiance of every Major League game.


I cannot wait to see how that goes, Lol.

I saw the Jints are doing cardboard cutouts, too - article linked here

And now my Padres have said they will be offering free cardboard cutouts for the military section only for the first 500 fans to sign up. I sent an entry in but it was rejected, I guess I did not read my email fast enough. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue 7/21/20 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh too bad! I would have asked them if Dodger fans can get their cutouts displayed at Petco Park!
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PostPosted: Wed 7/22/20 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was mean! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Thu 7/23/20 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will there be walk up music? Has anyone heard? It would seem to make sense.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/23/20 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure, but I guess we'll find out soon.
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PostPosted: Sun 7/26/20 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So have you now heard you can send your crowd reaction in to MLB? There is a link, mlb.com/cheer.
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PostPosted: Tue 7/28/20 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband was telling me about that. It seems like without being able to attend games, they have to get the fans involved in as many ways as they can.
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PostPosted: Fri 8/7/20 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL, I forgot to mention that the Dodgers now have pet cutouts available. Smile Cats and dogs only!
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PostPosted: Sat 9/26/20 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Commissioner Rob Manfred is talking about having fans in the stands for some playoff games--article from Sports Illustrated. Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Sat 9/26/20 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be awesome so long as he could guarantee health and safety for the fans.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/3/20 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evidently, only for the NLCS and World Series--roughly 11,500 seats per game.
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PostPosted: Wed 10/7/20 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the L.A. Times:

"World Series Will Have Spectators in the Stadium, But No Check of Their Temperatures"

By BILL SHAIKIN
STAFF WRITER

OCT. 6, 2020, 4:36 PM

When fans return to the ballpark for the World Series and National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, they will not be subject to a temperature check.

Such screenings have become common nationwide, in attempts to keep people infected with the coronavirus from entering facilities where they might infect others. In its health and safety protocols, Major League Baseball requires temperature checks for players, coaches, team staffers, media members and stadium cleaning crews. The latter two groups are kept away from players; the MLB announcement of ticket sales said no seats would be available “within 20 feet of where a player can be located on the field, in the dugouts or in the bullpen.”

As the host Texas Rangers put tickets on public sale Tuesday for the World Series and NLCS, they noted that fans could buy in groups of only four, would be seated at least six feet from other groups, and would have to wear masks when not eating or drinking. The Rangers limited sales to 11,500 tickets per game; the new stadium seats 40,300.

However, MLB and the Rangers said there would be no temperature checks. The Rangers said “public health authorities recommend self-screening before you enter public places,” and MLB said fans exhibiting symptoms could be denied entry.

“After reviewing the available technology and consulting with local public health authorities and outside infectious disease experts, MLB and the Rangers made a collective decision not to take the temperatures of fans entering the ballpark,” the league said in a statement. “This decision was based on a number of factors, including the reliability of available technology and the close contact that temperature checks would require.”

The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys play in a stadium across the parking lot from the Rangers’ ballpark. The Cowboys do not check temperatures. They have welcomed more than 20,000 fans to each of their two home games so far this season.

The scientific community has debated the value of temperature checks. Some people infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms, and some that do show symptoms do not have a fever. And, while detection of a fever could keep an infected person out of a venue, it would not necessarily mean the fever was caused by COVID-19.

In an article on the health website Stat, researchers suggested that a scratch-and-sniff test might be more valuable than a temperature check in detecting COVID-19. Loss of smell “produces a clearer signal and may therefore be a better Covid-catching net than fever,” author Sharon Begley wrote in reviewing a Mayo Clinic study.

James Hamblin, a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, wrote in the Atlantic that large-scale fever screenings may do more to provide a crowd with the appearance of reassurance than to detect the virus.

“As logical as mass temperature checks may seem,” he wrote, “the practice hasn’t clearly been shown to help contain the coronavirus.”
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PostPosted: Wed 10/7/20 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How could you ever do any contact tracing if someone ended up with it and knew for sure another person there had it? This seems too lax.
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PostPosted: Wed 10/14/20 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you noticed how much more alive the stadium seems now that there are "real" fans in there cheering? I know they are not allowed in large groups but to see the reactions on some faces and hear them make crowd noise that was not piped in, is sure different from what we have been watching.
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PostPosted: Thu 10/22/20 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the L.A. Times:

"Dodgers Fans Make Themselves at Home in Globe Life Field, and the Players Notice"

By JACK HARRIS, STAFF WRITER
OCT. 19, 2020 7:16 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas — Only one sentence of Andrew Friedman’s comments could be heard clearly.

“I’d like to thank all of our fans who are here tonight,” the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations shouted into a microphone Sunday night while standing atop a makeshift stage at Globe Life Field in the wake of the Dodgers’ Game 7 win in the National League Championship Series.

The rest of his address was drowned out. The first fans of this baseball season to witness a postgame celebration in-person were too loud. With most of the blue-clad contingent crowded around the police-tape barrier while maintaining 20 feet of distance between themselves and the field, their cheers echoed around a ballpark they’ve already begun to make their own.

Even as the Dodgers players left the field, the fans’ chants carried into the crisp Texas night.

These were scenes the Dodgers never thought they’d see this year. The COVID-19 pandemic first threatened the season, then prevented spectators from attending games until last week, when Major League Baseball made 11,500 tickets available for all NLCS and World Series games played in the 40,300-seat stadium.

It’s fair to wonder whether fans should have been allowed in the ballpark after it became evident not everyone in attendance was following the health and safety protocols MLB outlined in its plans to bring back spectators.

Some parts of the concourses were jammed with people. Concession lines were often shoulder to shoulder. Ushers patrolled the aisles between innings and inevitably found unmasked fans who had to be asked to put on their face coverings.

If it was normalcy the baseball-starved spectators who made this North Texas pilgrimage craved, only the games themselves sufficed.

With the stands split close to even between Dodgers and Atlanta Braves supporters last week, the fan bases jockeyed for momentum almost as much as the teams did for the pennant. With the stakes heightened during Game 7, diehards from Atlanta began humming the menacing “chop” song — “Ohhhhhhhh oh Ohhhhhhhh” — when the Braves took an early lead.

As L.A. mounted its comeback, “Let’s go, Dodgers” chants accompanied every big play. Nervous anticipation turned to euphoric eruption after Kiké Hernández’s game-tying home run in the sixth inning. Then, the decibel levels spiked again as Cody Bellinger’s go-ahead home run sailed through the sky in the seventh.

“That was as much of a playoff feel as I’ve ever experienced,” third baseman Justin Turner said.

During the postgame ceremony, manager Dave Roberts was cheered the loudest, his voice cracking with emotion as he tipped his cap to the fans before him.

“We have a lot of work to do, but for the Dodgers fans who are here, the ones who aren’t here, we love you, we’re thinking about you, and this year is our year!” Roberts shouted. “This is our year!”

Roberts had longed for such an atmosphere all season. Having even a quarter of the stands filled made a difference.

“It’s so much better,” he said after Game 5. “You can pipe in as much music or sound and make it as loud as you want, but real, actual bodies — it was pretty cool. It’s been awesome.”

Closer Kenley Jansen felt the same effect.

“Oh, for sure,” he said when asked whether he had noticed the authentic noise. “I’m not gonna lie to that. It’s tough playing with no people, nobody in the stands. Whenever you have any sort of fans out there, definitely the adrenaline is gonna kick in and excitement, enthusiasm. It was a grind this year. But definitely having fans out there, it’s so much more fun to play this game.”

It’s hard to imagine the Dodgers not outnumbering Tampa Bay Rays fans for this week’s World Series. It won’t be the same as an October night at Chavez Ravine. But if Game 7 was any indication, this Fall Classic will have a frenetic environment of its own kind, a setting as unique as this reimagined season.

“You mean the world to us. Thank you,” Friedman said, calling out to the crowd Sunday night once more while extending every finger but his thumb on his raised right hand. “Four more wins!”
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PostPosted: Sat 10/24/20 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With that small number of fans being let in for games it might even be a bigger number than the whole fan base of the Rays, lol. Not to poke fun but they are like the Marlins in that sense.
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