I used to be a huge Dodger fan. I would try to watch every game, especially the playoffs. I spent way too much time stressing about their standings and statistics. But things started to change for me when the Dodgers sold their media rights to Time Warner a few years back. I could no longer watch the games on TV because I didn't live within the correct cable district. I would then try to go to more games. But then the stadium amp up their multimedia presence and emphasized the show instead of the ballgame. In between innings, and even some times in between pitches, they blast bright and loud obnoxious advertisements. Listening to the game on the radio became just as bad as every hit and strikeout is now brought to me by the local jeweler or casino. I began to realize my role as a fan was not to enjoy the sport, but to consume more and more of the Dodger brand. Now the Dodgers are in the World Series, something I had been waiting for my whole life. I am stoked for the players that have been dreaming of this, and I hope they win. But I'll claim a victory whether they win or lose because my disinterest in the series is proof that I am free of the stranglehold the Dodgers once had on my emotional well being.