Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt apologized to fans of the team with his first public comments since announcing he was selling the once-proud franchise.
"I know the last couple years were very, very difficult and I'm very, very sorry about that," McCourt said Monday. "But we're going to move forward and handle the situation in the most professional way possible and make sure that the baton is passed in a classy way."
The auction sale of the Dodgers is expected to be complete by Opening Day. But McCourt said it wasn't his first choice to sell the club, despite a lengthy battle in court with his ex-wife and his ongoing financial problems.
"It got to a point where it became very, very clear to me that it was the right decision," he said.
McCourt’s comments came during the dedication of a Dodgers Dream Field in the Los Angeles area.