Having trouble following the Southern California baseball mess that is the Los Angeles Dodgers?
You’re certainly not alone there.
With the countless twists and turns that continue to be generated by Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball – from divorce to debt, conspiracy, bankruptcy, potential ownership shifting and more – it’s quite obvious that the common man (and WIFE) can’t keep up with every last nugget, and understandably so.
But not to worry, the whole Frank McCourt debacle can clearly be summarized in the form of three classic movie comedies. Yes, you heard that right.
McCourt’s purchasing of the Dodgers came back in 2004, but the real news of his ownership came in October of 2009, when it was announced that he and wife Jamie were getting divorced – which leads to major point one: DIVORCE. One could only imagine that from all the stories that have hit the headlines, the drama unfolded something like this…
The divorce proceedings – among many other things – led to debt for McCourt, to the point that the team has had trouble making its payroll during the 2011 season, and still owe millions and millions of dollars to players not currently on the roster, such as Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones. McCourt’s financial situation – also fueled by careless spending – leads to point two of the Dodgers Saga: DEBT. One could easily picture McCourt leaving himself to offer up payment in this manner…
The divorce and the debt have led to one hot mess, where it’s clearly become a “take no prisoners” situation. Major League Baseball has taken a stranglehold on the Dodgers, while McCourt has filed for bankruptcy. Will McCourt find a way to remain the owner of the Dodgers, or will we finally see a situation where baseball may let a guy like Mark Cuban step in and own the team?
All in all, the state of the Dodgers has hit its third stage: DISASTER – where you see a man quickly go from rags to riches, all the while fighting against a higher power and trying to get the best of them. But how will it end, with McCourt “trading places” with another? That takes us to…
Now that you’re up to speed on the Frank McCourt – Los Angeles Dodgers situation, we can move on to bigger and better things.
By the way, the New York Mets called – they could use that Trading Places dollar towards its ownership situation – but that’s a story for another day… or a movie clip.