For all the wrong the Dodgers front office has done this year, they finally got one right.
Frank McCourt may be fading badly in his last act of his sorry tenure as Dodgers owner, but he finally made a decision Dodger fans can rally around.
To salute the military after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden, the team announced they will give free tickets to military members the entire month of May. Anyone with a valid military ID will receive two tickets on the day of a game for best available seats.
I will now do something that McCourt far from deserves: I will stand and applaud the best decision he’s made all year, then go back to praying for the day he’s removed or resigns as owner.
Yet even he can’t take full credit for this. The idea came from somebody who actually knows and understands the Dodgers brand and its value as a community first organization, Tommy Lasorda.
As somebody who’s been a tireless ambassador for the Dodgers and a proud patriot, Lasorda knows how to put the fans first, and doing right by our men and women in uniform is only the latest reason why he’s a baseball icon.
The team already has a military discount in place for tickets in every section but this decision takes it one step further.
In a week where Dodgers attendance dipped below 30,000 for the fourth time this season and the first time overall since 2004, it’s about time the team did something extra for the fans.
Half-priced admission and drink days are nice but this gesture for our servicemen and women speaks far more volumes on their reputation as a first-class organization.
One can imagine that when Lasorda brought this idea to McCourt, he jumped at the chance to take the focus off him and put it where it should be. It’s a shame he hasn’t realized this sooner.
From announcing that he needed loans to purchase the team to this week's announcement that the team may not meet payroll at month's end, it's been a year of bad decisions.
It all stems from his number one mistake hampering the franchise, announcing his divorce from wife Jamie during the 2009 NLCS.
Yet, this is the best move he and the team has made this year and it’s a sign that somewhere in the front office, there’s still a voice of reason that cares about the Dodgers brand.
While fans haven’t had much to cheer about besides Andre Ethier’s hitting streak and Matt Kemp’s hot start, it’s good to know that the team hasn’t forgotten to do the right thing when it counts.
Let’s applaud this decision as a rare sign of noble charity and appreciation from a dark era of ownership that will hopefully be over soon.