Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Frank and Jamie: Who'll stop the rain?
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It's hard not to want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head.
The ownership dispute between Frank and Jamie McCourt, the ultimate guest-that-wouldn't-leave in Dodger history, has extended its stay in Los Angeles for months, maybe years, with today's ruling in favor of Jamie, reinstating her as co-owner of the franchise, pending appeal.
Pending appeal ...
Forget about Tinker to Evers to Chance — these are the saddest of possible words. Pending appeal. Oh, Frank and Jamie. Talk about cloudy with a chance of meatballs. This is the cloud, and they are the meatballs.
How will this affect the Dodgers on the field? That's unpredictable. Chaos doesn't prohibit spending; spending doesn't guarantee victory. And so Dodger fans have a choice. Press on in their fandom, like a wagon train crossing the country, heedless of whether the next ridge might be the one with the storm hiding behind it. Or set up camp, cowering in fear. Or abandon the trip altogether. Who's up for college baseball?
I'm a wagon train guy, mainly because of my belief that if it's not one thing, it's another. There's always something. But I have to tell you, this is not my kind of trip. I don't think it's wrong or immature to sit back and call to the heavens, "Great Dodger in the Sky, we want our team's stability back."
But that plea will fall on deaf ears. The courtroom battles and jockeying for ownership will continue, becoming part of the Dodger way of life — not an everyday part, but something that comes around during holidays and other inopportune moments, like a bad visit from the divorced in-laws.
Dodger fans, the ones that stick around, will soldier on, despite ... yeah, there's another saddest of possible words. Despite ...