As Frank McCourt sells Dodgers, fans hope for 'owner who cares'
News that Frank McCourt was putting the Dodgers up for sale cheered people living and working in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning.
"I just want to see them be competitive, with an owner who cares," said Mike Poole, who has lived in a loft on Second Street since 2003.
"I used to go to games all the time," said Poole, who lived near Dodger Stadium before moving downtown. "I didn't go to a single game this season."
Around the corner and outside the Express News newsstand and café on Main Street, owner Shezy Khan arranged newspapers, one of which announced the Dodgers' proposed sale.
"Hopefully things are going to get a lot brighter," said Khan, looking at the headline.
"It was becoming more of a joke," he said. "We were paying for this guy's lavish lifestyle."
A block away, on First Street, Luis Olazabal, 35, was in the middle of his three-mile daily walk to work from East Los Angeles, where he’d grown up.
"I'm on the happy side," said Olazabal, dressed in a blue Dodger hoodie. "I don't think [McCourt] really cares for the Dodgers. I love the Dodgers. He looks at it as a business and I’m looking at it as Dodgers are my son. For me, it’s personal."
Yet not everyone was gripped by enthusiasm for the news.
"I don’t really have an opinion," said Abner Cifuentes, a Guatemalan immigrant who was spraying down the driveway to a high-rise parking lot on Los Angeles Street. "I’m a soccer fan."
— Sam Quinones
Photo: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt before play starts in the team's season opener at Dodger Stadium last spring. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times