Dodgers can now relax and play ball

With Manny Ramirez gone, so are his big bat and the attention that comes with it

Updated: September 2, 2010, 1:53 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The sparse crowd Wednesday at Dodger Stadium probably had more to do with the time of day and the time of year than anything else. It was a noon start, and with most area schools already in session and the Los Angeles Dodgers' season hanging by the thinnest of threads, there didn't figure to be much of a clamoring to get into the place, even though the official attendance was announced as a laughable 37,080.

It was hard to make a case that the vast sea of empty seats had ...

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