Los Angeles Dodgers: Less Than 30,000 in Attendance for Team's Fifth Win

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11:  Catcher A.J. Ellis (L) #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and closing pitcher Javy Guerra #54 celebrate following their teams 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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When the attendance of 29,729 was announced at Dodger Stadium, it echoed louder than it should.

The sound reverberated off of the 26,271 empty seats.

That's shameful, especially considering last night the Los Angeles Dodgers took over first place in the NL West, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks by a half-game with a 5-1 record.

Change has been in the air for this team and, while it may not seem that way in the stands, it surely is being felt on the field.

This is not the Frank McCourt-led Dodgers of 2011.

The team has turned the page and has a new-found vigor and swagger in their steps.  So what if their five wins have come against the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates?

The fact of the matter is: They're winning.

The brunt of the load is not being thrust upon Matt Kemp.  This team is playing as a whole, exuding confidence while manufacturing runs and securing wins.

Dee Gordon has been a mad man on the basepaths.  In six attempts he has stolen five bases. Needless to say, he's leading the team with five of the team's six steals (Kemp has the other one.)

The pitching staff has been lights-out.  The team ERA is only 2.78 with a WHIP of 1.078.  That is pretty impressive considering five of the 12 pitchers on the staff have an ERA over 5.00, two of which over 10.00.

The season is still young. The fans will come as this team continues to win.  However, just take a moment now to reflect Dodgers fans, look around and take note of the people here with you now before the bandwagon starts to fill up.

And it will fill up.

Of that you can be sure.