- I think most of us here are Dodgers Fans;
- In fact, I think most here are “passionate” Dodger fans;
How am I doing, so far? Here’s some more facts:
- Lots of Dodger fans are complaining about how bad our ownership is;
- Lots of fans want to replace Frank McCourt as Dodger owner because he is so bad.
So far, are you with me? Here’s more:
- The Dodgers history traces back 126 years to 1884;
- Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004 for $430 million;
- By April of 2009 the team and its related assets, in which McCourt had invested heavily in improvements, had increased in value to $722 million according to Forbes magazine;
- Unlike other owners, McCourt bought and still operates the Dodgers without any financial partners;
- Frank McCourt has owned the Dodgers for 6 seasons.
Disagree with anything so far? Are you ready for more?
- In 120 years of Dodger History PRIOR to Frank McCourts’ ownership, the Dodgers made 20, COUNT ‘EM 20, playoff appearances;
- In the 6 years Frank McCourt has owned the Dodgers, they have made 4 playoff appearances;
- The Dodgers have NEVER made the playoffs in 3 consecutive years! NEVER!
- If the Dodgers make it to the playoffs in 2010, it will be the FIRST TIME in their 127 year history that they have accomplished that feat.
- Before the Frank McCourt Era, the Dodgers averaged a playoff appearance every 6 years. That’s 17% of the time,
- Since McCourt bought the team, the Dodgers have been in the playoffs 4 out of 6 years! For the mathematically challenged, that means the Dodgers went to the playoffs 67% of the time under Frank McCourt!
And Frank McCourt is a bad owner? Dodger fans have never had it so good, and yet you are more ungrateful than my spoiled brat kids!
By Mid-Season, it is possible that Frank McCourt may have to take on partners or even sell the team to pay his divorce settlement.
Be careful of what you wish for – you may get a new owner - just like the last ones.
How would you like playoffs 17% of the time, instead of 67% of the time (if the Dodgers make it in 2010 it will be 71% of the time)?
The Good Times weren’t always good….