It’s like celebrating when you have run the football back 95 yards and only have 5 yards left. You haven’t scored yet! Quit celebrating!
Dodger fans are currently dancing in the streets, reveling on blogs, singing “ding-dong the witch is dead“ and spitting on Frank McCourt’s grave. Nice idea, Except that Frank isn’t dead yet.
The headlines in the newspapers say “MLB Takes Over Dodgers,” but Bug Selig said this:
“Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt’s ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days.”
Read the part I have marked in BOLD very carefully.
Shock writers like T.J. Simers and Bill Plaschke wrote that the Dodgers had been taken over by MLB. Radio and TV reports covered the “takeover.“ As usual, Slimers and Factscheme were wrong – you can almost always predict that the truth is a full 180 from what they write.
The beating of a Giants’ fan at Chavez Ravine was appalling, more appalling than the shock writers trying to pin it on McCourt. I knew it, that Frank is a gang-banger and beats up fans after the games for kicks! More level-headed writers admitted that stuff like that can happen anywhere, already has and does. Knock it off morons!
I have been to games in San Francisco, Oakland, St. Louis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta and LA. I have seen bad stuff in nearly every park, but when you are trying to jack up sagging newspaper ratings and save your job, you tend to write to appeal to your readership… “damn the facts! Dodger fans hate Frank McCourt, so I’ll write about that. Maybe they will buy more newspapers and maybe I’ll have a job next week.” Sucker!
See, I don’t care what you think. I’m not selling newspapers. I’m going to give you my take, and when CBS News in LA wanted the scoop, they came to the source: Mark Timmons! (Smile). They had to go to a guy from Indiana to find out the truth. They didn’t call Plaschke or Simers. Who ya’ gonna’ call?
OK, seriously. I write garbage (as some say), but I predicted that McCourt would do exactly what he has done. Some of you may say that Bud showed him who was boss. NOT REALLY! Frank is still running the team. Bud is going to name a representative to oversee the operations of the Dodgers. The reality is that any expenditure over $5,000 will have to be approved by that representative (I stop short of calling that person a “trustee” although it might be a good idea to appoint a bankruptcy trustee, in my opinion). That’s it.
Ned still reports to Frank and so on and so on. Bug Selig needs to appoint a person with a business, accounting and legal background, and I know a guy, but he has a definite bias against McCourt. Come to think about it – I can’t say if Frank is good or bad… maybe both!
Frank is allegedly waiting to see who the representative is before he makes a decision to file suit. How about Michael Milken?
Here’s the deal: Bud has not turned down the deal Frank has with FOX, allegedly in the $3 Billion realm for 20 years, with nearly $400,000,000 upfront (presumably to pay Jamie and use the rest for operations).
The reality of the situation is that nothing major has happened… YET! Bug is sending in his representative to see if he can get enough dirt on Frank to oust him. The IRS is allegedly checking Frank out (that came from a fish hack so I can’t verify it). There’s a lot of the game to be played yet.
Everyone assumes that Frank will be forced to sell the Dodgers – and he may, but it’s a long way from that, unless someone uncovers something really bad in the process.
Bud will have to rule on the contract with FOX sooner or later. Who knows what can happen? All I can tell you is that it is probably far from over. Read the newspaper if you want to feel good. Read this if you want the truth!
For the record – I wish Bud could take it away tomorrow and sell the Dodgers to the highest bidder on Monday.
That’s a fairy tale!