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Dodgers bankruptcy: What they're saying

Fans and others react to the news of the Dodgers filing for bankruptcy.

June 27, 2011
(Los Angeles Times )

They said it:

"I want the ownership to be successful, so all we care about is what the Dodgers did last night and what they're doing today. People don't want to know the business. They just want to watch the game." — L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

"… From our standpoint, it sounds like everything's business as usual. Kind of back to the old answer: We just keep getting ready to play and try to win the game." — Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly.

"[Frank] McCourt is a carpetbagger, and what he's done to one of the most historical franchises in Major League Baseball is absurd," — Dana Reid, a 43-year-old Los Angeles insurance salesman.

"I think it's necessary that we get new ownership of the Dodgers so that we can all work diligently and intentionally to restore the team as the great treasure for Los Angeles that it's been for very many years." — Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan.

"I'm seeing a lot of things I never thought I'd see … No one's explained anything to us … I find it ironic that Mr. McCourt has not come down to address the players at all. I just don't understand that." — Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes.

"That's bad. We need a team with a good foundation economically." — Juan Garcia, 35, a Los Angeles city graffiti removal worker from Van Nuys.

"Fox, myself and MLB made a horrible mistake in not doing the proper due diligence on Frank McCourt. I helped get him approved, and for my piece I feel very bad about it. … He has been an embarrassment to this franchise. The sooner he gets the hell out of town, the better off we'll all be as Dodger fans." — Bob Daley, the Dodgers' managing partner when Fox sold the team to McCourt in 2004.

— Dylan Hernandez, Gale Holland, Kate Linthicum, Garrett Therolf, Jean Merl, Associated Press

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