Saturday, February 17, 2007

Frank O'Malley?

From Jon Heyman at

Vero Beach (Dodgers) -- Beautiful grounds and a yard that would make anyone nostalgic. And wouldn't you know it, the Dodgers say they're leaving here after next spring, not for more money in Arizona, they say, but for "fan convenience." That isn't progress, that's a crime.

And from Frank McCourt's quotes in the L.A. Times:

I wouldn't do it if it wasn't a great thing for the Dodgers, the fans and the health of the franchise. The way you're looking at it is [with] a little bit of rose-colored glasses.

Easy as it is to bash McCourt, I don't disagree with him here. Sure, "the health of the franchise" means "my bank account," but let's not forget this year's payroll is increasing to well over $100 million. Financial decisions and fan happiness aren't always mutually exclusive.

Leaving a city, economic factors, a new fan base, others decrying loss of tradition...sound familiar?