Dodgers bankruptcy filing: 'That's bad,' fan says
Reaction was swift Monday to the news that the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy protection.
Juan Garcia, 36, of Van Nuys, expressed astonishment at the latest development in the ongoing struggle of the baseball franchise.
"What? You're kidding me," the Los Angeles city graffiti removal worker said Monday outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown. "That's bad. We need a team with a good foundation economically."
A Dodgers fan who has attended several games this year, Garcia said he has been dispirited by the lack of attendance at the stadium.
While he believes the economy played a role, he also blames owner Frank McCourt's management, which he described as careless, for the decline.
"He hasn't been paying too much attention to the team," Garcia said. "Somebody else needs to take over."
McCourt said Monday in a statement that he had lined up $150 million in interim financing so he could keep control of the team during the bankruptcy proceedings.
In a news release, the decision to file for bankruptcy was described as a move to "protect the franchise financially and provide a path that will enable the club to consummate a media transaction and capitalize the team."
-- Gale Holland
Photo: Frank McCourt outside his office at Dodger Stadium on April 29. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press