DODGERS OWNER OPTIMISTIC (3:13 p.m. ET)
With one of baseball's highest payrolls and proven winner Joe Torre as manager, the Dodgers may be the team to beat in the NL West, although the Diamondbacks, Rockies and San Diego Padres all appear capable.
Although he has high hopes, owner Frank McCourt knows better than to take anything for granted.
"It's time to win," he said during an hour-long informal news conference Tuesday at the Dodgers' spring training facility. "We need to play the games. We look like a very good team. I think Joe Torre and his staff are terrific additions to the ballclub. [Torre] being here is a statement. I feel that things are more purposeful, more directed.
"I'm optimistic. That's part of spring training. Will we get the results? We're going to find out real soon. I see a pursuit of a common purpose in a very clear way."
-- The Associated Press
And I thought Phil Jackson had raised obfuscation to heights heretofore unseen.