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Frank McCourt says he’s gonna make payroll

May 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

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

All of the whispers have had Frank McCourt not making payroll at the end of the month. And of course, if that happens, he probably loses the Dodgers.  It’s kind of like the plot of the Blues Brothers but, you know, totally not fun.

But apparently McCourt played a big house show last night, collected the money and drove 106 miles to Chicago, because according to Bill Shaikin in the L.A. Times, McCourt has got the money and will meet payroll.

I’m giving serious consideration about putting together a betting pool as to how he came up with the $9.8 million. A bank job?  Did his number come in?  Did he mortgage Vin Scully? There’s not a ton to work with there.

Anyway, this is good news for McCourt, but probably only good news of the short term variety. Because, you know, he has to meet payroll again in June.  And as Shaikin notes, it will be way harder because the Dodgers owe Manny Ramirez a big deferred compensation payment on top of the usual monthly bogey.

Of course it’s possible that McCourt could just give Manny a suitcase full of green Post-it-Notes with dollar signs drawn on them in black Sharpie marker. It would probably take a couple of months before Manny got suspicious, what with him being a big picture guy and everything. And only then because the soda machine won’t accept one of the Post-its in the bill feeder.

  1. scareduck - May 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

    — Oliver Cromwell, to the Rump Parliament, April 20, 1653

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      Excellent. We could also have Ollie have a chat with Bud Light sometime in the near future.

  2. heynerdlinger - May 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Of course, if McCourt tried to pass off those post-it notes, he’d be in hot water with the Secret Service, too.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I love that photo of McCourt that you always use, Craig…he looks like a feral dog baring his teeth.

    How appropriate.

  4. cup0pizza - May 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    This dbag is gonna cling to the last thread and is gonna let this go on and on and on. Ugh. Such a pathetic situation. Guess we’ll have to wait until the mid-June payroll date for McBroke to default on.

  5. umrguy42 - May 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    …did anybody win Powerball last night? $144 million, according to the paper yesterday morning. Maybe he won.

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