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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hoffarth: Larry King says he’s mad as heck and isn’t going to take it anymore

Big Jack Braun from Borough Park…you’re on the air!

Longtime listener, perhaps first-time caller Larry King made it clear that he’s dropping his Dodgers’ season seats after this season because of his disappointment with Frank McCourt’s running of the franchise.

Calling in today to the MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM today to vent with hosts Kevin Kennedy and Jim Duquette, the former CNN talk-show host said:

“My contract’s up on my season tickets. I’m in partnership with another guy. We’re not renewing and the reason we’re not renewing is that I think we spent $400 a ticket for a guy to, instead of bidding on any free agent, spent the money on himself. And that to me is inexcusable. And I know Frank McCourt personally, I don’t dislike him personally, but he does not belong as an owner of a baseball team in my opinion.”

Thanks to Rob McMillin.

Repoz Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:28 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, dodgers, media, television

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   1. Turfblitz Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:03 PM (#3932086)
And that to me is inexcusable.


Why?
   2. phredbird Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:23 PM (#3932105)
Why?


Well, if i was paying $400 a ticket i'd feel entitled to complain too.

he goes back to the days of the brooklyn dodgers when, presumably, owners used a good bit of their money to try to field a decent team. who knows how much they pocketed and how much they didn't. larry prob. doesn't know either, but he has an idee fixe about the good old days. owners really do need to at least look like they are trying to get decent players. one of mccourt's biggest goofs here is that the divorce caused the curtain to be pulled back and everybody can see how much of the dodgers revenue he's siphoning off, how many stupid things they are doing. i have no idea if he's representative of the average owner or not as far as how much he's skimming. what's been revealed is a really bad visual.
but king has a point in that L.A. is a HUGE market and the team should be making buckets of money and should be able to sign good free agents and pay for a decent farm system and still have plenty left over for $500 haircuts or whatever frank is up to. the dodgers could be the yankees of the west coast if they had a better owner running the team. i think that's what fans like king want.
   3. phredbird Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:30 PM (#3932117)
funny thing is, the dodgers don't look that far off as far as being able to contend.

kershaw and kemp are studs, and they are young. dee gordon is looking like he can at least play his position.
andre ethier and aaron miles can still be useful. jensen is looking like a good reliever.
if the team woke up and made a play for prince fielder they'd have a pretty solid lineup, and the west is not all that strong.
   4. Turfblitz Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:38 PM (#3932125)
I mean I get what he's saying but at the same time...if you buy my iPhone app I might use the money to improve the app ... or I might use the money to buy an X-Box. I don't really think the latter is "inexcusable."
   5. The District Attorney Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:43 PM (#3932128)
I don’t dislike Frank McCourt personally, but he does not belong as an owner of a baseball team in my opinion... I'd love to see Sarah Jessica Parker strut her stuff in a serious drama... Who would buy a milk container that you have to pry open? Shouldn't they all have the screw-on top?... Gang, if asked to tab a Secretary-General, I go with Dag Hammarskjöld...
   6. Turfblitz Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3932214)

if the team woke up and made a play for prince fielder they'd have a pretty solid lineup, and the west is not all that strong.


I think the problem is that they can't pay for Prince Fielder, or probably half those other guys.
   7. akrasian Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3932232)
Their opening day payroll was 12th in MLB - and that doesn't count the huge amount of money they owed Manny and Juan Pierre. Counting that, and letting other teams count similar monies owed, would put the Dodgers in the 6th to 8th range. Not great for the market size, but given the below average TV contract not miserable either.

McCourt's a bad owner, but because of his spending huge amounts on living expenses even when the economy tanked and revenues just couldn't support it any more, not because the Dodgers focused on signing and resigning pitching this offseason instead of overpaying for a hitter.

Incidentally, Loney has come out and said that he would move to LF if they signed Fielder. Except that they wouldn't move him, they would nontender him in such a case. Last time he played the OF he hurt himself, and he doesn't hit enough to be offered arb again anyway, especially to move somewhere he'll be well below average defensively. If they sign Fielder, then Jerry Sands is the LF. He has hit enough at age 23 to deserve a shot - and he will be cheap.
   8. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:38 PM (#3932239)
$400 a ticket?!
   9. Wayne Newton's pet monkey (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:45 PM (#3932258)
$400 a ticket?!


That includes a full-body massage by Tommy Lasorda after every game.
   10. phredbird Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:49 PM (#3932263)
I think the problem is that they can't pay for Prince Fielder, or probably half those other guys.


yes they can. coke to 7.

$400 a ticket?!


dugout club, baby. seats right behind home plate and behind the visitors dugout, free buffet, wait service at your seat, or you can sit inside and watch game on flat screens.

every now and then my boss tosses me a couple. its great.
   11. JoeHova Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:50 PM (#3932266)
That includes a full-body massage by Tommy Lasorda after every game.

What would the ticket cost without that? $1,000?
   12. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:51 PM (#3932268)
Eh. I've sat behind home plate. I've sat behind a dugout. I've eaten from buffets. I've been waited upon. I've watched games on flat screens. None of these things are remotely worth $400 to me, and I suspect that their combination wouldn't be as well.

Now a full body massage from Tommy Lasorda, that's a different story.
   13. Turfblitz Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:53 PM (#3932273)

Or you can sit inside and watch game on flat screens.


For $400 I'll let you come over to my house and watch on my flat screen I'll even fetch you a cold beer from my fridge.
   14. phredbird Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:54 PM (#3932275)
Incidentally, Loney has come out and said that he would move to LF if they signed Fielder. Except that they wouldn't move him, they would nontender him in such a case.


please yes. purely a subjective take, but everytime i go to a game loney has some kind of infield miscue. my jaw just about dropped when he started a DP to end the game last night, but i still don't like him and would love to see the dodgers try for prince. i think he'd be fun to watch and he hits way better than loney.
   15. phredbird Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:57 PM (#3932280)
Eh. I've sat behind home plate. I've sat behind a dugout. I've eaten from buffets. I've been waited upon. I've watched games on flat screens.


yea but ALL AT THE SAME TIME??!!???

sure, $400 seems like a lot for that to me too but that's what you have to pay if that's how you want to see the game.
   16. Wayne Newton's pet monkey (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:59 PM (#3932283)
For $400 I'll let you come over to my house and watch on my flat screen I'll even fetch you a cold beer from my fridge.


But what about the full-body massage?
   17. Wayne Newton's pet monkey (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 09:00 PM (#3932285)
What would the ticket cost without that? $1,000?


I LOL'd. Thanks -- I needed that!
   18. DCA Posted: September 21, 2011 at 09:47 PM (#3932349)
Is it LOL'd, or L'dOL?
   19. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3932356)
I mean I get what he's saying but at the same time...if you buy my iPhone app I might use the money to improve the app ... or I might use the money to buy an X-Box. I don't really think the latter is "inexcusable."

I get what you're saying, but since (unlike an app developer) team owners usually have something of a regional monopoly, fans feel entitled to a certain commitment to field a competitive team.
   20. asinwreck Posted: September 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM (#3932410)
Given how homophobic Lasorda is, the massage will be a hard sell.
   21. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM (#3932929)
Given how homosexual homophobes often turn out to be, I bet he'd be good at it.
   22. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:25 PM (#3932959)
Given how homosexual homophobes often turn out to be, I bet he'd be good at it.


And exactly how homosexual is that on average? On a scale from butch to flaming?

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