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McCourt only seems to respond when pushed

April 13, 2011 |  6:47 pm

Ljcr52nc Kicking and screaming. It’s like you have to take Frank McCourt by the hand and force him to do the right thing.

So Wednesday the Dodgers announced they have decided to exclude alcoholic beverages from their new half-price food and drink promotion during six midweek day games.

Absolutely the correct thing to do. The absolutely obvious thing to do.

It’s just that it took nearly two weeks since the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day to reach this conclusion.

McCourt has been behind on this story since the moment it happened. From when he issued his lame "satisfied" with stadium security comment, to offering a reward for the suspects, to admitting additional security measures were necessary, to collecting funds for the victim, to now cancelling the half-price booze promotion. Still no word on whether he will help with Stow’s medical bills.

It’s like he only responds after he receives political, media and public pressure. He’s always reacting to what someone else says first. Why is Supervisor Mike Antonovich always ahead of the curve on this story and not McCourt?

If angry downtown politicians and an irate media had not come after him to do something about the problems at Dodger Stadium, you think McCourt would have responded with any of this?

"You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it's just not going to change that random act of violence," McCourt said two days after the attack.

He was prepared to do absolutely nothing. Until he was taken by the hand, kicking and screaming.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaks during a Dodger Stadium security news conference at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 8, 2011 in L.A. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images