No, this is not a call to give up on the future of the Dodgers. But it is an emphatic statement that it’s time for Dodger Stadium to bid farewell to its two-season-old tradition of playing “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the middle of the eighth inning.
Putting aside my own subjective feelings about the Journey song, it has always been a mixed blessing at best, given the fact that singer Steve Perry is an avowed Giants fan. San Francisco began using the song itself as its own anthem, and now that the Giants are in the National League Championship Series, it’s going to get even more exposure as a San Francisco treat.
It’s true that “Don’t Stop Believin'” has energized the crowd at Dodger Stadium — not to mention the life of Jameson Moss — but are really to believe that it’s the only song that can do the job? There’s no reason for this song to have dueling citizenship.
Moss and David Hasselhoff did a memorable air duet of “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the Dodgers’ season finale Oct. 3. We should let the song go on a high note. Let San Francisco have it. We can do better.