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Why do the Dodgers have red numbers?

Oct 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

Miami Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers Getty Images

Without looking first, I’m gonna say it’s because they’re shameless showboats who want to do anything they can to stand out, tradition and proper decorum be damned.

[Goes and looks at the story explaining the red numbers]

Huh. Wasn’t right about that. What else are my kneejerk, emotional reactions wrong about?!

Hint: the red numbers were to do something a bit showy, in a sense. And they were delayed because of the Dodgers’ postseason failure. So in a sense, this 60+ year-old story is as modern as current times!

  1. elwaysagenius - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    It’s because the Dodgers represent Satan.

    • stex52 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Oh yeah? When did Satan drop his contract with the Mets?

    • raysfan1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Actually he plays hockey for the NJ Devils.

      • jwbiii - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        He retired a few years ago. He played mostly for the Sabres, and last for the Bruins. Oddly, he never played for the Devils.

        http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/satanmi01.html

      • raysfan1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        I know, but never let facts stand in the way of a joke.

  2. blacksables - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    So the Dodgers went Hollywood before they even left Brooklyn.

  3. thisdamnbox - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I freakin’ love that it was the Giants who got in the way of the special WS launch of the unis…Rivalries are fun!

  4. paperlions - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Because they are in debt, duh.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    They turned red after Puig’s showboating.

  6. RoyHobbs39 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Red in the 1950s? I am surprised they were not accused of being Communists. The HUAC could have had a field day when they moved to Los Angeles.

  7. jmcnick - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    60 years and you just noticed? Are you a baseball writer ? Back to the basement Craig.

  8. moogro - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Apocryphal! Insane!

  9. km9000 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I remember a broadcast that talked about how Lasorda hated the (Cincinnati) Reds so much, he didn’t even like the red numbers on the Dodgers jersey. The announcer surmised that that design was just a patriotic thing, and it sounded like a good enough explanation for me.

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