This is the test of the “how much do you loathe Frank McCourt?” state of mind, which is where I live.
And my answer?
Welcome, Beijing bankers! Let’s play two!
An Angeleno named Bill Burke leads a group that apparently has offered $1.2 billion to buy the Dodgers, according to a Los Angeles Times story, and his primary backers, it appears, are Chinese-government agencies.
China is a busy and dynamic place, and now the second-biggest economy in the world, and a country which holds billions of American dollars.
But the guys who run the country are not nice people. Well, yes, actually, they are Communists, and for most of my life that has been a big problem for Americans. Even Californians.
But such is my loathing of the McCourt regime that, yes, I would prefer the Dodgers to be owned by what we used to call “Godless Communists.” I mean, they don’t actually know baseball. They would hire guys who do know baseball, and let them run the team. At least for now.
I really don’t think the Chinese would be like, say, Roman Abramovich, the Russian plutocrat who bought the London soccer club Chelsea and has been meddling like mad ever since.
The Chinese guys would be gray government drones presumably interested in providing a decent return on the investment. As capitalists, we can respect that, yes?
As long as they don’t sell The Book of Mao at the concession stands and brutally crack down on fans who boo the club … we’d be good!
China’s Dodgers? Give me that over Frank and Jaime. Easy call.