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Fans' disgust helped push Frank McCourt to sell Dodgers

November 2, 2011 |  7:13 am

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Take a bow. Allow yourself a self-satisfied smile, a moment to bathe in sweet victory.

Frank McCourt is going to sell the Dodgers.

Such wondrous words. So many times we seemed so close to them before, but now finally, it is true. They can be written without fear that it is just more false hope, more just wanting it to be true.

Dodgers fans deserve great credit. They played no small part in McCourt’s undoing. Their outrage was heard in every letter to the editor, in every comment left on the Web, and mostly, in every seat that went unused.

Salute to the boycotteers, to every ticket that went unsold, to each one purchased but left empty.

Throw confetti, dance an Irish jig, celebrate as if it’s the new day that it truly is.

Your voices were heard. Throughout Southern California, in the office of McCourt and across the country by Commissioner Bud Selig.

Whatever you may think of Selig, he did right this time. He was just as disgusted by the McCourt opulence as any of you, and then did you right. He dug in, fought the hard battle against the litigious McCourt and emerged victorious.

We don’t know who the new owner will be, so it’s impossible to know exactly how much celebration to allow. We just know he has to be better than the McCourts.

The most storied franchise in the National League, a true Los Angeles cultural treasure, now back within our grasp.

It’s victory to every voice of indignation, victory to each person who painfully embargoed the team, victory to the Dodgers fans.

Take a bow.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Fans cheer during the Dodgers' opening day ceremony March 31. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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