FRANK AND JAMIE MCCOURT
Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt have sent their fans a message: Let them eat cake.
Proving once again that she is the Marie Antoinette of sports, Jamie McCourt made a series of outrageous comments recently.
1) In an article published in the LA Times on Wednesday, McCourt asked fans if they would rather have a top free agent or 50 youth baseball fields built in the Los Angeles area.
2) Mrs. McCourt said that the Dodgers “might” be able to pay large contracts to free agent baseball players IF THEY WEREN’T GUARANTEED.
3) Jamie McCourt thinks it’s “weird” that baseball players make $30 million dollars.
4) McCourt concluded her lesson on economics by stating that “whatever money” is spent on free agents might be “better spent in the community.” High baseball salaries she concludes are bad for neighborhoods.
Bill Plaschke of the Times responded with one one of the most blistering columns of his career today. Plaschke goes off on the McCourts. At one point in his column Plaschke asks, “Is this a baseball team or a telethon?”
Plaschke says the idea that if the Dodgers sign CC Sabathia some poor child won’t be able to eat at night is “beyond belief.” He then asks, “Who’s running this team, Charles Dickens?”
The column is an awesome read. Make sure to check it out.
The Times also ran a poll asking Dodger fans which they would prefer? Fifty youth baseball fields or a free agent (like Manny Ramirez.) Manny Ramirez was leading the sick children 65% to 35% in the latest balloting.
The latest actions by the McCourts indicate they may be looking to slash salaries and go cheap. They will try to blame the economy and use the “it’s for the kids” excuse. Last year’s Dodgers team rallied down the stretch and managed to win a division title and only the second and third playoff games by the franchise in the last 20 years. All of that success was due solely and only because of the acquisition of slugging outfielder Manny Ramirez. Now Ramirez is a free agent and the McCourts are simply too cheap to pay him. They hold a press conference, throw a shovel of dirt in the air and proclaim they are helping poor children.
Sadly, there are enough stupid people in California that the McCourts can probably get away with their strategy. The Dodgers are about to be devastated by free agency. They face losing Ramirez, 3/4 th’s of their starting infield, and several pitchers. Also, star young pitcher Chad Billingley broke his leg in the offseason. With their current attitude, LA may find themselves going from first to worst in the NL West.
Citing “the economy,” Frank McCourt offered Ramirez only a two year contract. That won’t be enough to keep him. McCourt irrationally proclaimed the contract was fair and “nothing has changed” in the economy in the last two weeks to have him up his offer to Ramirez.
Actually a couple of things HAVE changed in the economy. At least for the Dodgers. First, they announced that they would price their top SPRING TRAINING tickets at between $90 and $125. Those are the highest prices in the history of baseball for games that don’t even count. The Dodgers also recently raised six figures by charging fans $500 a pop to take batting practive at Dodger Stadium.
The problem with Major League baseball isn’t “small market” and “big market” baseball teams. it’s having owners like Frank and jamie McCourt that don’t give a damn about their teams.
MANNY RAMIREZ-GUNS OR BUTTER? A HAPPY MANNY OR STARVING CHILDREN?