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The Dodgers new owners say hello

May 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Dodgers new owners took out a full page ad/open letter to fans in the L.A. Times today. My favorite part is when they reference the old Dodgers players. Though really, you had best name-check Pedro Guerrero, because he was awesome.

Anyway, this is it:

Dear Dodger Fans,

As the new owners of the Dodgers, we accept this responsibility with great humility and appreciation.

This team is a community treasure. The title of ownership is merely a statement on paper. This team belongs to you. It belongs to everyone who has dared to love Dodgers Baseball with passion.

The Dodgers have built a tradition of excellence — legends like Robinson and Newcombe, Koufax and Drysdale, Garvey, Cey, Lopes and Russell, Valenzuela and Hershiser, Alston and Lasorda, Scully and Jarrin.

The tradition of excellence continues with the Dodger greats of today. We are committed to building the next dynasty and strengthening Dodger price.

We will preserve yesterday’s traditions and create tomorrow’s memories. Our leadership team will work tirelessly to make our great fans feel appreciated — whether you come to Dodger Stadium or whether we come to you in the community.

Thank you for your love of the Game. Thank you for always believing in this team. And thank you for being the best fans in baseball.

We are ready to get to work. See you at Dodger Stadium!

Respectfully,

The Guggenheim Baseball Management Team

Mark Walter, Peter Gruber, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Todd Boehly, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton

 

And, just for old time’s sake:

source: AP

  1. lanflfan - May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Welcome, we are VERY happy to see you! (And yes, Pedro Guerrero was pretty awesome, until he was traded for the bag of bones that resembled John Tudor)

    First order of business, please relegate Needle Head Ned Colletti to the position of former G.M. He has been impersonating a competent G.M. for far too long.

    If that is the last time I ever see McAsshat’s face, I will be a very happy person.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Pedro Guerrero was awesome Ian. And you doubled up on my childhood memories by throwing in a John Tudor reference. Thanks for that.
      On a side note…it’s kind of ironic Craig (and now you and I) are remembering Pedro today with all the talk the last couple of days about baseball players using the nose candy.
      If memory serves…Pedro got popped for that as well.
      DISCLAIMER: I mean nothing by that whatsoever. I just found it ironic.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I don’t think we win in ’88 without the addition of John Tudor.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Valid point Sandy.

  2. SmackSaw - May 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    First order of business is to sign Ethier to an extension. Kasten talked a good game. Hopefully they can get Mattingly some help.

    • natstowngreg - May 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Folks have focused on Magic, which was both inevitable and planned. But Kasten is the guy responsible for improving the product on the field. His track record in Atlanta and Washington isn’t shabby. He also has some clout with MLB HQ, which won’t hurt.

      When Stan came to Washington, there was optimism because of his success at building the Braves’ organization. Not everything went smoothly on his watch (see Jim Bowden’s tenure as GM and the Dominican baseball academy scandal), but he left to Mike Rizzo a much better organization than he found. (Granted, what he found was a mess),

      Were I a Dodgers fan, knowing Kasten’s record, I’d be optimistic. Just don’t expect instant gratification. Part of Stan’s Plan (as some of us Nats fans called it) involves developing a top-notch farm system, and that takes time.

  3. rayburns - May 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    There’s a right way to do things, and a wrong way.

    After too many years of Dodgers’ fans being subjected to the wrong way, I imagine it’s nice for them to see the other side for once…

    • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Yep…I am happy to see things looking up for them as well Ray.

  4. jkaflagg - May 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Listened to some of the press conference today, and there were still quite a few questions about McCourt and the parking lot land…….Walter was pretty smooth, always referring to “prior ownership” rather than McCourt…..Magic seemed a little put out by the questions, but after his fawning compliment about Frank the day of the sale and sitting with him on Opening Day, maybe he still needs a few reminders about the animus many fans feel about McCourt…..

    But if the team continues to play as well as it has, everyone will be happy…..winning cures everything

    • lanflfan - May 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      I have nothing but contempt and loathing for McAsshat, but I have no issues with Magic sitting with him or speaking about him. Magic, as the face of the franchise, had to play nice while the sale closed.

  5. AlohaMrHand - May 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I hope new ownership also means a Dodger Stadium renovation.I love the ballpark but it is in need of some modernization.Dont let it turn into Fenway

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