Neutral is more accurate. Ambivalent is accurate. I am not a fan, but I am also not a hater. Maybe you have to be on one side or another – not me!
Frank has accomplished a lot in some areas, but the Divorce has been 15 gigantic steps backward.
Many fans are calling for a new owner and even the Los Angeles sportswriters are writing that he’s in trouble, will he be able to keep the Dodgers, will he have to sell, will Jamie own the Dodgers, yada, yada, yada.
They don’t have a clue.
They are people with a small point of view who have little imagination, no matter how eloquently they may write!
They also know that the negative stuff they write sells papers. Most people love that and love to complain. It’s human nature.
But much of it is pure Drivel. Dilbeck, Simers, Plaschke. All are silly, small, bitter men.
So you might say “You are saying that you think you know more than than Dilbeck, Simers and Plaschke?”
Individually? Most certainly!
They are uninspired, “in-the-box thinking” narrow men who have never built anything themselves and have to criticize those who have built something. Did I also mention that negativity sells?
They are “critics.” You know what I think of critics.
They see a cash-strapped Dodger team and think “new owner.”
Frank sees the cash-strapped team and sees a huge opportunity.
Let me explain:
Frank McCourt may be somewhat strapped for cash right now, but make no mistake, he wasn’t at MLB offices seeking loans. He doesn’t need loans from MLB. He was prepping Bud and company as to what is coming down the pike, and letting him know to get out of the way.
Frank is sitting on a goldmine and the gold under the surface will bring him millions, ‘er billions.
Frank McCourt has a degree in Economics from Georgetown, where he is currently on the board of directors. He’s no dummy when it comes to money and he knows how to make it using other peoples. Is that a good or bad quality? It depends upon your point of view.
McCourt has invested heavily in improvements, having increased the Dodgers in value to $722 million according to Forbes. In 2010 the value of the team was estimated at $727 million. Some say the Dodgers will fetch $1 billion on the open market. He evidently hasn’t smeared the brand too badly, has he?
Unlike other owners, McCourt bought and still operates the Dodgers without any financial partners. He’s a dinosaur – nooooobooody does that anymore! He could snap his fingers and have 100 partners tomorrow. That’s not his plan.
In 2008, he announced a $500 million project to add a museum, shops, and restaurants around Dodger Stadium. That has not happened due largely to the economy and the messy divorce.
The Dodgers have a .523 winning percentage under Frank McCourt and have been in the playoffs 4 out of 6 years – a much better record than under one former owner who is also quick to criticize Frank.
Now, let me make it clear that this is not my mission in life, and I have not researched this extensively, but I believe that Frank McCourt has access to more money than god. Think about this:
- What is Dodger Stadium worth?
- What is the area around Chavez Ravine worth?
- What could all the development of a museum, shops, amusement park and restaurants around Dodger Stadium generate in revenue?
- What are the naming rights of Dodger Stadium worth?
- What is the new TV contract going to be worth?
- What is the Dodger brand worth?
- What does Frank have planned that we haven’t even contemplated?
So while Plaschke, Dilbeck and Simers blast McCourt, he just laughs at his critics.
What’s a critic?
A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwords comes out shooting the wounded. A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car. A critic is a legless man who teaches running. A critic is someone who has never done anything on his own and complains about those who do.
Use your imagination. Frank McCourt has lots of options.
Do you think Bud controls him and runs the Dodgers? You are misguided. Frank would own him before that happens.
Hate Frank McCourt if you want. That’s your choice.
Boycott the Dodgers. Maybe you were never really a fan anyway.
Frank ain’t going away, and the 2011 Dodgers will be a pretty good team.
Are you a fan or a critic?
I know who I am!
I am ambivalent about Frank and I refuse to let the scummy divorce rob me of my joy of following the Dodgers.
That’s why I refuse to focus on Frank McCourt. He owns the Dodgers. He’s not broke. This divorce has a while to go. “Broke” is when you have no options – Frank has options.
Que, Sera, Sera!
Think they can’t win in 2011?
You are simply deceiving yourself if you think that. They most certainly CAN win. Will they? That’s the question.
Quit trying to change what you can’t change. Change what you can, and have the wisdom to know which is which.
Don Mattingly thinks that 2010 was an aberration. So do I.
I can’t wait until Spring Training….