McCourt's last move should be Prince
Somehow, after all of Frank McCourt's mistakes and missteps, it looks like he's going to make out OK. The property he bought in 2004 -- baseball's blue diamond -- is so durable that it can withstand any type of mishandling.
There are billionaires lining up to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers in a couple of weeks, after the team is put up for auction, because no matter how ugly the McCourts' divorce became, or what an embarrassment it was when the franchise went into bankruptcy, or that the organization faces a lawsuit stemming from the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow last spring, the team remains a model brand.
The Dodgers are to baseball what the beaches are to California. Despite the cracks and chips, this is and always will be the franchise of Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully; it is what Walter O'Malley wanted it to become when he moved the club out of Brooklyn and dropped it onto a hill above Los Angeles. The next owners will ride into Chavez Ravine and be viewed as conquering heroes who will restore the franchise, and somebody is going to pay McCourt a staggering sum for that privilege -- maybe a little more than a billion, maybe a lot more than a billion.
As I wrote here last week: The folks who are bidding for the team are incredibly successful and wealthy and not accustomed to losing. They will go into this process knowing they have to beat other successful billionaires, and it's going to be competitive. Think of the Dodgers as a lone tuna in the midst of a dozen great white sharks; one of them is going to outmuscle the others and hit it hard.
There's one more thing McCourt can do to add to the feeding frenzy, however. He should go out and sign Prince Fielder. Right now.
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