The Magic Kingdom
(This is a letter I wrote which appeared in last Saturday's LA Times Sports Section, of May 24, 2008. Clearly it hit a nerve with the paper and was seen by millions in LA. The jig is up Frank and Jamie)
Glitz over game
The decision has been made at the top to make the Dodgers an attraction rather than a team, with Dodger Stadium more important than Dodgers baseball. The McCourts have other things to bother themselves with, such as the new concourse and the remodeling of the bathrooms, than to put together a winning franchise. Jamie and Frank know perfectly well what they are doing: The fans will continue to come to Dodger Stadium whether they are in first place by 10 games or in last place by 10 games.
This is a Los Angeles phenomenon. In no other city do you have the strange rotating fan base that the Dodgers have. In Los Angeles, it appears that the makeup of the Dodgers is suited to reflect L.A.'s own unprecedented brand of citizenry. Add to that the tourist dollar that fluidly comes to the ballpark as part of the Los Angeles experience, and you can understand why McCourt purchased the Dodgers in an effort to develop the land and bring us his long awaited dream: Dodgerland, set to open in 2012.