December 19, 2014

Dreams Do Come True: McCourt Agrees to Sell Dodgers

I had a little extra kick in my step when I bounded out of the house this morning. Was it Christmas? Nope. My birthday? Nah. In many ways, it was both of those things combined. It was suddenly remembering the news from the night before: Major League Baseball and Frank McCourt had agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers and its assets at auction.  Even better, MLB hoped to have a new owner in place by the beginning of the 2012 season.

As a blogger, I’m ecstatic.  I didn’t start this blog four years ago to write about the Dodger owners, but rather, the game, the players, the deals and the rumors. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find myself sitting in LA Superior Court watching the McCourt divorce trial. But you know what? I learned a lot, and I discovered some great writers along the way (Josh Fisher and Molly Knight, to name two).

Given the pace of the legal proceedings over the past two years (to say nothing of Frank’s ongoing insistance that he would never, ever sell), I certainly wasn’t expecting such a decisive decision quite so quickly. But there it was: the Dodgers would have a new owner – and soon.

I won’t waste such a joyous moment as this to recount the McCourt Era in Los Angeles. Instead, this is a time to do what baseball fans do best: spend the off-season speculating about how best to improve their favorite team. Dodger fans will do one better: weighing the pros and cons of who the best owner will be, whether it’s Marc Cuban, Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser, Dennis Gilbert or even Peter O’Malley.  The options are plentiful (hey, what about Vin Scully? I kid, I kid…), but you know Bud Selig is going to do right by Dodger fans this time around.

Rejoice Dodger fans – you’ve earned it.

Here are a few links to some of our favorite coverage over the past 24 hours:

– The great Bill Shaikin at the LA Times breaks the news Peter O’Malley is throwing his hat in to the bidders’ ring

– Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness looks at Ownerpalooza in LA

– Ramona Shelbourne at ESPNLA breaks down the odds of the current contenders

– The New York Times discusses the revived hopes and dreams of Dodger fans