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UPDATE: Frank McCourt took calls from Dodgers fans; didn’t help himself

May 3, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

UPDATE: It doesn’t sound like Frank McCourt changed any minds during his radio hit today. According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts, McCourt basically said everyone is lying about him:

“If the stuff that was written about me was true, I wouldn’t trust me either”

Except that most of the stuff that has everyone hating and not trusting him were things that came out under oath during his divorce proceedings. Or, as Jon notes, all of the defenses McCourt raises are ludicrous on their face. Such as his claim that the FOX deal is totally fabulous despite the fact that it was clearly struck while McCourt was desperate. And that his financial woes are the result of Major League Baseball blocking the deal, even though it is a deal for the future and that it’s his past that is catching up with him.

The fans aren’t buying it either. The first caller on the radio show said that he won’t go to a Dodger game as long as McCourt owns the team. I don’t think that person is alone.

For a totally thorough recap, go to Dodger Divorce, where my friend Josh Fisher and ESPN’s Molly Knight, each of whom have been covering McCourt in detail for years, live-chatted the call, the recap of which you read now.  It’s not pretty for Frank McCourt. Unfortunately for him, he’s too deluded to realize it.

2:29 PM: This ought to be fun. Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts comes word that Dodgers “owner” Frank McCourt join Steve Mason and John Ireland at 3 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN AM 710 in Los Angeles. And during the broadcast he’s going to take calls from fans.

Here’s hoping that some good sharp questions are allowed through the call screeners. Not ranting lunatics, but Dodgers fans who can explain to Frank McCourt that his problems are not, contrary to his claims, one of fan perception. And fans who can demand from him something a little better than the condescension he’s been giving them for some time.

Mostly, though, this should be good for Frank McCourt awkwardness. He doesn’t strike me as a man who is very self-aware. It should be interesting to hear what happens when he’s challenged.

  1. shaggylocks - May 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    I hope someone here listens and gives us a recap of the highlights.

    • sdelmonte - May 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      It’s most likely available everywhere through ESPN.com – I can’t check at work – so I would guess some of us who like train wrecks will be tuning in from afar.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Craig, please oh please, become a Dodger’s fan today and call in….

  3. jobooo - May 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Mason and Ireland are stooges. The callers are the only hope for tough questions.

    • juicejuicer - May 3, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      Agreed. I give them one minute and a half before they mention the Lakers. They’re usualy afraid of asking the tough questions because they want to make sure that their ‘guest’ comes back.

      It should be streaming live on ESPNLA.com tho.

  4. visnovsky - May 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Craig, why don’t you try to call in?

    • craigbhill - May 4, 2011 at 1:52 AM

      I only just found out the weasel crawled out from under his rock!

  5. cur68 - May 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Frankie boy lives in a fantasy world. He’s like a lot of rich people; he thinks he’s rich because he’s smarter than everyone else and he can prove it by saying whatever stupid crap bubbles up first when he’s questioned. Him being rich is like Quail being VP: dumb luck, being in the right place at the right time, and ‘looking’ right.

    None of these qualities enable him to actually run a pro ball club. I seems that a losing club, fan antipathy, financial ruin, divorce, lousy business deals, Bud Selig and losing half his club to his ex-wife are going to change his mind about how astute and clever he is.

    MLB needs to do whatever it can to save the Dodgers from this no-talent a$$-clown.

  6. Reflex - May 3, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/player?rd=1#/podcenter/?id=6473326&callsign=KSPNAM&autoplay=1

  7. stankfinger - May 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Listening right now… my brain is hurting from a whole lot of BS and double speak and I’m less than 6 minutes in. I can’t believe this is a 30 minute clip.

  8. stankfinger - May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    I should have called up and asked him what he was wearing.

  9. brianc6234 - May 4, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Fox needs to pull that deal back. They shouldn’t be getting in the middle of this mess. It’s their fault McBankrupt owns the Dodgers. They wanted out so bad they made Bud Selig do something he would never have done on his own. Stay out and let Selig fix this mess they both created.

  10. purdueman - May 4, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    I just don’t get why rich people have to buy luxury house after luxury house when they can only live in one at a time. Can you say sloth? And then to use $100M or more of money bled off of the teams operations especially at the expense of the safety of the fans is simply unconscionable; may the Mc Broke’s NEVER be allowed to own ANY professional sports franchise again!

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