It's enough to get any one's Brooklyn up...especially if you're from the New York borough. The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to wear replica Brooklyn Dodger uniforms for six home (Los Angeles, in case you forgot where they play) games this season.
Old Brooklyn Dodger fans are saying fuhgeddaboudit to the promotion and are wondering if this is some sort of belated peace-offering or just a cruel joke. Most broke off their allegiance with the team after they went west. The name Walter O' Malley is still followed by choice curse words.
The Dodgers, who broke the hearts of thousands of fans by abandoning the brick confines of Ebbet's Field 54 years ago for the sun-soaked skies of Chavez Ravine, have narrowed the picks down to three uniforms. The choices are a 1911 era pinstriped jersey with "BROOKLYN" running down the front; a 1931 version with a capital "B" on the left front; and the most well-known--a 1940's uniform with "BROOKLYN" scripted across the front.
The Dodgers players will be wearing the L.A./Brooklyn (?) throwbacks during midweek home (L.A., remember?) games at Dodger Stadium beginning April 21.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz shook his head at the gimmick. "If they have any interest in nostalgia, they could leave L.A. and come back home," he said.
Los Angeles thugs will probably turn the new Brooklyn version into gang colors.
I can't wait to hear how Mookie from "Do the Right Thing" feels about this sacrilege.