Thursday, October 29, 2009
And The Whining Commences
Okay, you can say there is no crying in baseball but I don't see Tom Hanks or a movie set anywhere so whine away I will.
This McCourt divorce thing has gone from annoying to absurd! Apparently the Mrs. traveled around Europe on "team business" with a subordinate and had an affair. Okay, as a fan that has been screaming for some real money to be put into the team I have to call BS. What the heck sort of team business is in Italy? It's great to know where my ticket money is going.
These owners disgusted me some time ago and this is the very first year that I can remember where I didn't buy any new Dodgers merchandise. Thank goodness! They don't freaking need any more of my money. In fact, since they are worth over a billion dollars, they don't need anyone's money.
They raised the price of parking to allegedly make it easier to leave the stadium. That didn't happen. They claimed that they were going to build neighborhood baseball fields instead of paying superstars. That didn't happen. Next, the big idea was to make a mall next to Chavez Ravine. Good thing that didn't happen - that was obviously a ploy to line their pockets more.
Now Jamie vows to get the funds to buy the team and Frank claims he's gonna keep the Dodgers. Great. These jerks are going to use a well-established, well-loved team as a negotiating chip in their freaking personal issues.
I understand that owning a team is a business and there are money-making decisions that have to be made that come with building the franchise. However, it has been abundantly clear from the start that the McCourts cared NOTHING about building anything but their bank account. They could have kept star players that they traded away or spent more on bringing some big bats. Instead, we get has-beens at the twilight of their careers. They took for granted that Chavez Ravine sells out game after game. If I was a conspiracy-theorist type I would ask if they are bitter since they failed to buy their hometown team in Boston.
I've asked before and I'll ask again - please just sell the team to new owners. Please get the heck out of my hometown - make that my entire home state and take your bickering back to the East Coast. Californians are sick of big-money, spoiled jackasses using our icons to satisfy their own selfish needs.
And yeah, that is how I really feel. Deal with it.