Frank McCourt made his bones with a big parking lot in Boston. And, as his days as the Dodgers owner dwindled, there was talk that he would continue to maintain ownership over the parking lots of Dodger Stadium, thereby continuing to hold the team hostage in his own special parking lot troll way.
But nope, it ain’t happening:
Soon-to-be former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will not earn any immediate profits from parking revenue at land around Dodger Stadium, three sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
As part of the deal with the ownership group led by Magic Johnson, McCourt can only see future profit from the land around Dodger Stadium if it is developed in future years. Two sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that there is no plan for development in the immediate future.
The real money here is the possibility of the land being used to build a football stadium or something like it. What will not happen, however, is McCourt nickel and diming the new Dodgers owners over the parking lots. He’ll get none of that at all.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.