When cheering for the home team means -- gulp -- rooting for Jamie McCourt
Are you a Jamie McCourt fan? You remember, the face of the Dodgers?
There is a huge reason at this moment to be clearly lining up behind her.
Tough duty, I know. She’s at least equally responsible for that ridiculously obscene lifestyle she and ex-husband Frank McCourt led while owning the team and pulling over $108 million away the team to pay for it, of which they managed to pay zero federal and state income tax.
But as The Times’ Bill Shaikin reports, Jamie is expected to ask a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thursday to order the immediate sale of the Dodgers.
Give me a J! Give me an A! Give me an M! Give me an I! Give me an E!
What’s that spell?
This sounds too good to be true, but play it out. Then cross fingers, say puh-leeze with sugar on top and promise to be a good boy. Or at least sell your soul to the sporting devil.
This appears the best way. The judge rules they have to be sold, and even if the Dodgers can’t make payroll at the end of the month and Major League Baseball has to step in and seize control, it can step back and let the court control the sale. MLB still has final approval of the new owner.
This way Frank doesn’t sue MLB and keep things muddled up indefinitely. All while attendance, and revenue, continues to deteriorate.
Team gets sold, new owner is in place, and the McCourts are left a bad memory, if richer for it.
Jamie’s contention is that actions by Frank have diminished the value of the Dodgers. And I don’t think there’s any question that’s true.
So hopefully Jamie has a helluva case. And hopefully she wins the day.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Jamie McCourt. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times