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DodgerRefugee  
Subject:  McCourt Makes His Case
Date:  1/29/04, 4:25pm
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Ok.... listened to the press conference.
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Notice his voice sounds just like Fred Claire's?

My stomach felt the whole time like I was waiting for Simon to say whether I would be going to Hollywood. I could say a slim majority of my psyche was left positive. A slim majority.
He said most of the magic words I hoped he would say. It helped that he was introduced by Mr. Instant Credibility, Vin Scully.
Let’s look at my original checklist…

- "I will never tear down Dodger Stadium.": Took a while, but he finally came around to saying the stadium was safe. Lost some points when he said he might sell naming rights.
At the same time, since he seems intent on raising money, that dreaded day of naming rights in Chavez Ravine realistically might not only be inevitable, but necessary if you want to develop a contender. I only hope its at least a name that retains Dodger Stadium. I can live with “Dodger Stadium, Presented by Union 76” or maybe even “Farmer John Field at Dodger Stadium.”

- "We are committed to winning and will do everything to develop a World Series team” Pretty much said that word for word.

- "We will continue to have a large market payroll.": Pretty much said he would spend money but be smart with it, which is my philosophy too. Remember that Fox actually spent a lot of money on the payroll, but pretty much left it on two or three players.
Look at the Yankees. Yes, they spent a load of money, but they’ve built a top-to-bottom team with it. That’s why they win, not the salaries.
Want to know another example of when it doesn’t work? Just ask the once-successful Texas Rangers before they spent most of their nesteg on Alex Rodriguez.

- "We need to tap into the tradition and history of the Dodgers": Addressed this too.

He said the right things and, most of all, seems committed. But as much as I hate to use the cliché, the words were nice but I need to see what the actions are before Dodger Refugee unpacks his truck and decides there really has been regime change for the good at Dodger Stadium, Presented by Yoshinoya.
Though I did find it interesting that he noted that the Angels provided a great example for what he wanted to do with the Dodgers. How many of you ever thought you would see the day when you would hear that the Angels were inspiration for the Dodgers.

Let's hope this isn't the result of what would prove to be empty words:

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Message #81 of 6634  *NEW*
To:  DodgerRefugee
From:  
drrubb  
Subject:  Re: McCourt Makes His Cas
Date:  1/30/04, 9:26am
Reedster, just to let you know, I will never & the dr.rub means never own a Yankee player on his fantasy baseball team! That would just burn my soul! I don't care if it's Babe Ruth, Sheffield, or whoever sales out & signs with the Yanks no matter how good he his! I guess I'll be scratching Mr. Sheffield off my wish list for this upcoming season or anyone on the Yankees team! I would rather be a 500 fantasy baseball player that have a Yankee player or two on my team & be in first place! Yes, that'a how much I hate those damn Yankees! I was eyeing Beltre as a player I would maybe like to have on my fantasy team this season, but not if he signs with the Yanks! God bless Zeile for saying what he said & finally seeing the light!

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Message #82 of 6634  *NEW*
To:  DodgerRefugee
From:  
Reedster  
Subject:  Re: McCourt Makes His Cas
Date:  1/30/04, 11:40pm
This must be asked then, good doctor. In Baseball Manager, you don't have a lot of control over whether or not you get Yankees, other than to put all Yankees at the very bottom of your draft lists.Your position on the Yanks is very surprising, I must say, considering that you look so much like the Bambino.

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Message #83 of 6634  *NEW*
To:  DodgerRefugee
From:  
drrubb  
Subject:  Re: McCourt Makes His Cas
Date:  1/31/04, 9:51am
I get a disgusting laugh at that picture everytime I see it! It's very very funny I must admit! Your right though Rob! I guess I'll just have to rank all of the Yankees at the bottom of my list, or maybe just not have them on my list at all(not rank them). I hope that doesn't offend anyone within our fantasy baseball league as far as maybe altering the rankings & dollar values quiet a bit. How do you feel about that? If I somehow did get a Yankee player or two on my team, I would try to trade them or release them.

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Message #84 of 6634  *NEW*
To:  DodgerRefugee
From:  
Reedster  
Subject:  Re: McCourt Makes His Cas
Date:  1/31/04, 10:13pm
My personal feeling is that once I pick up a player from a team I don't like... that player is now a Litigator.Bottom line for me in fantasy is winning (although you might be hard-pressed to believe this based upon my recent results in the standings).If I have an asshole on my team (i.e., a Carl Everett, Barry Bonds, or -- yes -- I'll include Sheffield), I'll take him if he can give me a chance to win.I'd say that you should take this attitude. You'll only shoot yourself in the foot, otherwise.For instance, to make sure you don't get Sheffield, you'll have to place him in the bottom 20 or so in OFs. You only HELP teams like mine because we'll have to pay LESS for the expected stellar stats from folks like Mr. Sheffield.

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