Found February 20, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Matt Kemp
TEAMS: Los Angeles Dodgers
In most cities, January means NFL excitement, not baseball excitement.  Then again, Los Angeles is not most cities. The Dodgers hopes for a 2013 division title will undoubtedly be on the shoulders of  Matt Kemp (top) and Andre Ethier. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Dodgers held a Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium and approximately 21,000 people showed up. 21,000 – that is more than the 2012 average attendance for four major league team’s actual games.  Ticket sales were as hot as a Led Zeppelin reunion show.  Given this organization hasn’t played game #163 since 2009, you might say fans are more crazed about the 2013 Dodgers than Brent Musberger is about Miss Alabama. Of course, if any team got a pass from making the playoffs last year, it was the Dodgers. They entered 2012 in shambles as a result of previous owner Frank McCourt’s nonsense. Even after the new ownership group took over in May and the team got off to a fast start, the future was played up way more than the present. Fans we...
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