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Don Mattingly hopes to visit with Frank McCourt

Dodgers manager would like to talk with the team's owner before the club's sale is finalized. Mattingly says he had a good relationship with McCourt.

April 03, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has always had a good relationship with former team owner Frank McCourt.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has always had a good relationship with former… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday he hopes to visit with team owner Frank McCourt before the sale of the club is finalized this month.

"Hopefully, I get a chance to see him," Mattingly said, adding that he hadn't seen McCourt since the deal was announced. "Frank always — my interaction [with him] was great."

McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers for $2.15 billion to a group led by the investment firm Guggenheim Partners that also includes Magic Johnson. The deal is expected to close by April 30 after approval from a Bankruptcy Court.

"Obviously, I read the papers and I'm not blind to what went on here," Mattingly said, referring to fan unhappiness last year with McCourt's ownership. "But for me personally, it's been a good relationship.

"I always go back to, 'Treat people the way you're treated,'" said Mattingly, who's starting his second season as Dodgers' manager. "You try to treat everyone with respect."

Now that the sale has been announced, "there's a different vibe in the stands, you can feel a different energy with people," Mattingly said.

But he cautioned: "If we don't put up wins, that vibe is not going to be that great."

Jamey Wright soaks it in

As his Dodgers teammates jogged toward the clubhouse after batting practice, veteran reliever Jamey Wright spent a few extra minutes on the Dodger Stadium grass.

"I'm so happy to be here, just being in this stadium," Wright said in between chatting with Torii Hunter and other Angels as they took their turn warming up. "I'm just ecstatic."

Wright, 37, made the team as a non-roster invitee, and the 6-foot-6 Oklahoma native is with his 10th team in the last 10 years. He was 2-3 with a 3.16 earned-run average last year with the Seattle Mariners.

"It was stressful," Wright said of spring training this year, because he was trying to "win a job all while trying to get ready for the season.

"You never get an opportunity to work on things, you have to come in and get outs and be good from the get-go. I didn't pitch as well as I thought I needed to in the early games, but since probably about the second week I've felt great and I'm ready to go."

Beach Boys collaboration

The Beach Boys, who like Dodger Stadium are celebrating their 50th anniversary, will perform the national anthem at the Dodgers' sold-out home opener Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Dodgers said their collaboration with the band also would extend through the season and include a Beach Boys Night at the stadium May 18, including a fireworks show set to their music.

"It's very special to us that we get to celebrate our 50 years alongside the Dodgers, a team we all love," the Beach Boys said in a statement.

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