SAN DIEGO With the team ownership situation extremely close to be resolved, Dodgers players are hoping they can put the trauma of 2011 behind them and just concentrate on 2012.
Not likely to happen. Not yet, anyway.
Not when a group including Los Angeles icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson is the new ownership team in waiting. And not when embattled, and still current, owner Frank McCourt takes to the road and joins you at Petco Park for Opening Day.
McCourt, who agreed to sell the team to the Guggenheim Baseball Group for 2.15 billion dollars late last month, met with the team prior to its 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
Manager Don Mattingly said that McCourt was just there to say hello to the players and wish them good luck. No speeches or pep talks. Just a smiling McCourt shaking hands with his players. While some in the clubhouse have privately expressed frustration about the controversy which has engulfed the Dodgers in the last year, center fielder Matt ...