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Deleted Marvel Scene: Captain America Learns that the Dodgers Left Brooklyn

Where’s the moment Captain America discovers that the Brooklyn Dodgers no longer exist? Right here. We wrote it. You’re welcome.

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Deleted Marvel Scene: Captain America Learns that the Dodgers Left Brooklyn


Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes

My wife and I have spent a lot of time together during the pandemic, and that has now turned into us spending our evenings with other people. Most recently, those other people existed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that’s where I realized that Captain America is dope as hell.

However, while Cap has some re-education after being thawed in 2011 at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” (Sorry for the spoiler, but the movie is a decade old, y’all), I thought it was important to explore a moment that gets left on the cutting room floor.

I’m talking about the moment that Cap discovers that the Brooklyn Dodgers no longer exist.

So I took it upon myself to write that scene for you. You’re welcome. Kevin Feige, feel free to reach out if you like what you see. So, in this scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill is working with Cap on his re-integration into the world when he’s unfrozen in 2011.

ACTION!


Captain America sits on the edge of the bed in his fake Brooklyn apartment at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s field office in New York City. There’s a knock on the door. Agent Maria Hill enters the room.

Hill: Morining, Cap.

Captain America: Agent Hill.

Hill: How’d you sleep?

Captain America: Poorly. When you’ve been encased in ice for 70+ years, sleep doesn’t feel too restful.

Hill: I cannot imagine how that feels, but I’m going to assume that’s normal, Cap.

Captain America: Anyway, I was thinking last night as I stared into the void where everything I once knew and everyone I loved now lives and I contemplated my own existence in this world… do you have any more Dodger games I can listen to?

Hill: I think we might-

Captain America: Or maybe, to help me get re-acclimated to society, it might be good for me to have an experience I can relate to. Maybe hitting up a Dodgers game would be helpful.

Hill: Well, I think we can get a Quinjet to take you to a Dodger game, but that’s quite the operation for a baseball game.

Captain Ameria: Why would I need a Quinjet? I can take the subway.

Hill: Oh no. You don’t know, do you?

Agent Hill takes a breath.

Hill: Cap, the Dodgers are in California.

Captain America: Look, I get it. That’s a fun joke. Brooklyn’s such a trek for everyone nowadays. It was sure easier when the trolleys connected Queens and Brooklyn, but now-

Hill: No, Cap. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in Los Angeles. In California.

Captain America: What?

Hill: I didn’t think we’d be doing this today.

Agent Hill radios to someone outside the room.

Hill: Hey, I’m gonna need the Dodgers box.

Captain America: Okay. Just so I’m clear on this. The Brooklyn Dodgers, who went to the World Series in 1941, those same Dodgers left New York City and went to California?

Hill: Yes. But not directly after 1941. They left after the 1957 season. Actually they pretty much owned the National League in the decade leading up to the move. Six World Series appearances. Not too bad.

Captain America: Did they win any?

Hill: Just one.

Captain America pumps his fist in celebration.

Captain America: Let’s go, boys.

Hill: But then in their first decade in Los Angeles they’d win three of their four World Series appearances.

Captain America: What?

Hill: Yeah, 3-of-4 in the Fall Classic after moving to Chavez Ravine.

Captain America: Wait, I’m confused. There are no other baseball teams out West.

Hill: Not necessarily. The Dodgers needed a team to follow them, so the New York Giants went too.

Captain America: The Giants went too?

Hill: Yes, the baseball Giants not the football Giants.

Captain America: So, there’s still a New York Giants?

Hill: Yes. The football team.

Captain Ameria: And are they good?

Hill: It’s hard to say.

Captain America: So the Dodgers and Giants are in California.

Hill: Yes. And the Padres and the Angels-

Captain America: And New York still has the Yankees?

Hill: Yes, and the Mets.

Captain America: The who?

Hill: The Mets. The New York Metropolitans.

Captain America: What is that?

Hill: It’s a baseball team.

Captain America: No, I mean, what is a Metropolitan?

There is a long prolonged silence. A knock at the door. A S.H.I.E.L.D. An agent with a box marked “Captain America Recalibration: Dodgers” on its side.

Hill: I don’t think anyone truly knows.

Captain America: Are they good?

Hill: They have won two World Series.

Captain America: That’s good.

Hill: But generally, they are not great and are a bit of a laughing stock.

Captain America: Great. And they play at Ebbets Field?

Hill: Well… kind of.

Captain America: What do you mean kind of?

Hill: So no one plays at Ebbets Field anymore.

Captain America: Why not?

Hill: Because they tore it down to make an apartment complex?

Captain America: Put me back in the ice.

Hill: Cap-

Captain America: That was an American Cathedral! And they tore it down!

Hill: Hey, hey, hey! Hold on. Ebbets Field still kind of exists.

Captain America: What?

Agent Hill takes a picture of the box and hands it to Cap.

Hill: This is Citi Field. It was built in 2009 and it’s where the Mets play. Clearly from the exact same façade you can see that it’s modelled-

Captain America: Exactly like Ebbets Field.

There’s a beat.

Captain America: Where in Brooklyn is this?

Hill: So that’s the thing… it’s not in Brooklyn.

Captain America:… Don’t say it.

Hill: I think you know where it is, Cap.

Captain America: Don’t say it.

Hill: It’s in Queens.

Captain America: (Obviously upset) So you’re telling me that I fought off the Nazis so that the Dodgers could leave Brooklyn, head to Los Angeles, and leave the best borough without a sports franchise? While Queens gets a team and a new stadium that looks EXACTLY like Ebbets Field.

Hill: Well, Cap, Brooklyn is getting a basketball team.

Captain America: Are they good?

Hill: They’re from New Jersey.

Captain America: Oh. My. God.

Hill: And the Mets have a minor league team on Coney Island. The Brooklyn Cyclones.

Captain America: That’s a rollercoaster, Hill. I’m no fool.

Hill: So, maybe, yes, Brooklyn has gotten royally screwed in the sports world, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t leave a mark on this city and this country.

Agent Hill reaches into the box and pulls out a Brooklyn Dodgers hat and two books.

Hill: Look, I know it’s not the same, but before you start crying over the loss of the Dodgers, give these a read. See what you missed. Hell, you might even see some of yourself in that second one.

Captain America looks at the books. They are “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn, and the second book is “I Never Had It Made” by Jackie Robinson.

Captain America: Thanks, Agent Hill. I’ll give it a shot.

Hill nods and exits the room. Cap throws the books on his bed and looks out the window. In the distance, he can see the Brooklyn Bridge. We then smash cut to Cap reading Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, his feet up on the window sill, and the Dodgers game from May 25th, 1941, playing in the background.

Fade to Black.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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