Kitty Felde

Dodger news mirrors fictional story

This morning's news that “certain state-owned investment institutions of the People's Republic of China'' are interested in spending money on the Dodgers sounds very familiar.  Back in the '80's, David Ritz wrote a novel called "The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn."  Back when he wrote it, the Dodgers were golden.  But he imagined a team that fell on hard times.  The stands were empty.  And as I recall, a German investor offered to buy the team.  A pair of die hard fans come up with a plan to bring the team back to Brooklyn, saving both the team and the borough.

There is one big difference between fiction and reality, though.  In Ritz' novel, Brooklyn is at the bottom of the barrel.  Today, of course, it's the hippest place to live in New York. 

The book appears to be out of print, but I see there's a copy still circulating at the library.

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