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Andre Either’s Hitting Streak Ends At 30. What — You Were Expecting GOOD Dodgers News?

I have lived in Los Angeles County for 20 of my 26 years, but I have never been a Dodgers fan. Unless the Red Sox are in town, I’m always rooting for the visitors at Chavez Ravine.

But I must say that I feeling a tinge blue for Dodgers fans tonight. Frankly, they have been faced with too much depressing news this year.

It all started with the tragic beating of Bryan Stow by two criminals — I refuse to call them Dodgers fans — on opening night in the stadium parking lot

After taking two out of three against the champs that weekend, the Dodgers lost eight of their next 12 games.

On the day they started to turn the ship around just a bit, April 20, MLB made the move to take over the Dodgers’ day-to-day operations. This was a bittersweet moment for Dodgers fans who were glad to see some action taken against the new worst owner in Southern California sports — Donald Sterling wants to know how he can get his title back. But it was sad to realize how far the McCourts allowed this storied franchise to financially tumble.

As Frank McCourt made a fool of himself publicly, the losses continued on the field for the Dodgers, both in games and personnel. Rafael Furcal had already missed most of the season due to a broken thumb. He might return before the conclusion of May.

Fellow infielder Casey Blake was forced to go onto the disabled list because of an elbow infection in late April.

Closer Jonathan Broxton was shut down last week due to right elbow pain after struggling all season. But to add insult to injury, Broxton turned out to be too big for the nearest MRI machine. I would have to figure the adjective “broad” was used more than “fat” in that discussion. But hey, he is 300 pounds.

Broxton was placed on the DL on Friday.

First-year manager Don Mattingly decided to teach first baseman James Loney a lesson by fining him each time he hit a fly ball to left field. How much of a fine? Try $1. That is about .0000002 percent of Loney’s 2011 salary.

Speaking of small change, there was this nugget as we broke into May: The Dodgers may not have enough money to meet payroll this month.

But all the while, the Dodgers and their fans had Ethier’s streak. While wins were mostly off the menu, Ethier’s streak put all of the Dodgers’ troubles in the shadows. Maybe he wouldn’t be able to chase down Joe DiMaggio, but he could change Dodgers history. The team’s longest all-time hitting streak was set by Willie Davis in 1969. He hit safely in 31 consecutive games.

Ethier entered Saturday’s game in New York with a chance to match Davis and keep the baseball world focused on on-the-field matters when it came to the Dodgers. However, an 0-for-4 night ended it all. Ethier walked in the first inning, popped out to left field with the bases loaded in the second, flew out to center in the fifth, grounded out to second base in the sixth and struck out on a pitch in the right-handed batter’s box in the eighth. He left five men on base.

I don’t like to see the Dodgers do well, but it would have been nice if Ethier’s streak could have continued a little longer. Dodgers fans deserve as much. Yes, too many of them don’t get to games until the second inning and leave before the eighth. But the passionate followers are some of the best baseball fans around.

Unfortunately, with Either’s counter now set back at zero, the Dodgers return to being known as a below-average, cash-strapped, injury-plagued team with a worse record than the Mets. At least Ethier’s streak helped some people forget that for a while.

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