When it was reported last week that a coalition of investors led by former L.A. Marathon owner Bill Burke had made a $1.2 billion offer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, like many Dodgers fans, my first reaction was one of joy. I even wrote a Bleacher Report article that said that I hoped Frank McCourt would quickly "take the money and run."
All I could think of was how wonderful it would be not to have the inept McCourt in place to keep running the Dodgers organization into the ground any further.
But in the days since that announcement, I have started to think about the old adage, "Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't."
While most Dodgers fans want a new owner who will bring the Dodgers back from the bankrupt mess they are now in, we shouldn’t jump at the first proposed owner who comes along.
We kind of did that back in 2004 when McCourt purchased the team from the Fox Group of Rupert Murdoch. I remember how excited I was, hoping the new ownership would finally care about bringing a World Series Championship back to Los Angeles.
I have to admit, at first it looked like that might happen, as the Dodgers began to transform into a contending team again.
Then the bottom started to fall out with the announced divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt. And it only got worse after that, with Major League Baseball taking over control of the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers, and the plunge into bankruptcy proceedings.
All of a sudden, the McCourt era started looking just as bad as the Murdoch and Fox disaster.
The more I thought about it, the less inviting the offer from Burke and his investors—whoever they may be—looked to me.
Do we really want Bill Burke and a group of unnamed overseas investors to be in charge of the Dodgers? Probably not.
Trust me: I want McCourt ousted as the owner of the Dodgers as much as anyone. However, we need to know we are getting someone to take over the team who will do right by the city of Los Angeles, the Dodgers organization and their fans.
What we need is an owner who is in an extremely stable financial condition, and who is committed to the Dodgers organization. One who is respectful of the team’s history, and who is also committed to making the organization’s future as successful as it has been in the past.
Los Angeles and Dodgers fans will most likely not be pleased if the team is sold to the first group with a lot of money that comes along.
As much as many fans don’t like the way McCourt has handled the Dodgers, we could end up with someone worse if we jump at the first opportunity to rid ourselves of McCourt.
As much as we want things turned around for the Dodgers organization, we need to let Bud Selig and MLB scrutinize the new possible owners until the best possible choice is found.
Hopefully a good decision will be made, and once again we will see the Dodgers organization hold its head up high.
And perhaps win another World Series.