PALM SPRINGS — The attorney for Padre owner Joan Kroc--Beth Benes--claimed Monday that Padre first baseman Steve Garvey was treated fairly in his effort to buy the Padres this winter.
Garvey said recently that he had put together a group of investors worth close to $1 billion, but the Padres wouldn't give him access to their books.
But Benes denied his story Monday.
"We had set up a process of qualifications for prospective owners," she said. "And it involved us getting certain financial information. Steve called me about 10 days before the sale to Mr. (George) Argyros (which was consummated last Wednesday) and told me he had a group of people who were interested in purchasing the ballclub. I told him it was probably too late, but if he gave me the information, I'd be happy to move forward with it.
"I also asked him if he would be an owner, and he said no, that he was acting as a middle man. Nobody got in to see our books until they qualified (financially). Nobody. His people were given the same treatment as anyone else."