Cambrian: Sports

Kniffens end 18-year string of attending Dodgers home openers

Cambria’s Kniffen family is breaking an 18-year consecutive string of attending Los Angeles Dodgers home openers this spring. Since 1996, some members of the family, if not all four of the Kniffens — Steve, Lorie, Gehrig and Reagan — have been present at every Dodgers home opener. 

That uninterrupted string ends this year, according to father Steve, an assistant coach with the Coast Union baseball team. For one thing, Lorie and son, Coast Union senior Gehrig, have a trip scheduled that day (Monday, April 6) to visit colleges that Gehrig may want to attend next fall.

As for Steve and his Coast Union daughter, Reagan, a junior, Steve is put off by the $8.35 billion, 25-year deal the Dodgers signed with Time Warner Cable last year, an arrangement that results in no Dodgers games being available on television. Pay TV operators (Charter, Direct-TV, and others) have balked at paying the price that Time Warner is asking.

“If they can’t put the effort into my ability to see them in my living room,” Steve Kniffen explained, “then why should I put the effort and financial resources into traveling down to ... (Los Angeles) to see the Dodgers play for one day?

“It’s our family tradition, not our religion,” he said, adding, “But I’m a Dodger fan always. … No owner can take that away.”