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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm in Denver/Last Night's Loss/The Sale is Complete!

For the first time in my life I find myself in Denver, Colorado today.  I’m not quite sure how I have managed to skip Colorado in these 50 years, but the drought is over and I’ll be seven rows behind home plate tonight.  

So my major league ballpark count is now raised up a notch to twelve in ten different cities.  Visits in the past have been to San Diego (Both Petco and San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium), Anaheim, San Francisco (Candlestink and Phone Bill Park), Oakland, Phoenix, Houston, Boston, New York (Shea Stadium) and of course, Dodger Stadium.
I have also visited, but not attended a game in Seattle, New York’s old Yankee Stadium, Washington and Baltimore.  I have a ways to go before hitting all major league cities.  Retirement can’t come soon enough.
Last night’s loss at Coors Field just didn’t sit right.  With the bases juiced and none out in the 7th, we were prepping ourselves for a downpour of Dodger runs in the Denver night only to see Kemp, and Ethier strike out and Rivera to pop out.  A disappointing development and something we haven’t seen those three do much in the first month of the season.  Such is the drama of 162 games.  The ebbs and flows of a long season.
Still, sitting pretty in first place with a 16-7 record, we couldn’t have wished for much more as McCourt hands over the ownership to the Guggenheim group.  A three and a half game lead after 23 games is quite an achievement for these guys, who many picked to finish 4th in the N.L. West.
The thing that I love most about this grand old game is that as soon as the disappointment of a loss is reality, the optimism of the next day exists.  Lilly against Rincon tonight.  Hopefully Ted is able to maintain that homerless streak in the confines of Coors field.  
Dodgers Announce completion of Sale.  The Dodgers issued the following Press Release was this morning:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 - The Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As previously reported, the Dodgers’ new ownership includes Mark Walter as control person, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Stan Kasten as CEO of the organization.
 The Los Angeles Dodgers stated, “The Dodgers emerge from the Chapter 11 reorganization process having achieved its objective of maximizing the value of the Dodgers through a successful Plan of Reorganization, under which all claims will be paid. The Dodgers move forward with confidence - in a strong financial position; as a premier Major League Baseball franchise; and as an integral part of and representative of the Los Angeles community.”
and...this Media Advisory was issued a few hours later, announcing a Press Conference Tomorrow, introducing the new ownership group.  These are exciting times!

WHAT: The new ownership of one of the most prestigious sports franchises—the Los Angeles Dodgers—will be introduced at a news conference at Dodger Stadium.

WHO:   Mark Walter
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Stan Kasten
Peter Guber
Bobby Patton
Todd Boehly
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Councilman Ed Reyes
Dodger Hall of Famers Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda and Dodger greats Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and many others
Rob Manfred, Executive Vice-President, Labor Relations & Human Resources, MLB

WHEN:                 Tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, MAY 2               10 a.m.
WHERE:               Dodger Stadium—Conference will be held in centerfield
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90090

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