It was not just the common fans who grew disenchanted with Frank McCourt’s ownership of the Dodgers. So did Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel.
Robinson was at Monday’s game, the first home game under the Dodgers’ new ownership, at the invitation of Magic Johnson to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“First of all, I’m thrilled with the fact we have new ownership and we have a chance to revitalize the franchise in terms of the organization, the team, the fans,” she said. “I’m just thrilled about that. I’ve been very unhappy with the fact that we were in so much trouble.”
Unhappy that the team went into bankruptcy?
“The McCourt era,” she said. “I could tell things were declining and not in the tradition of the Dodgers.”
Robinson, who turns 90 in July, lives in New York, where she oversees the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She said most of what she knew about the McCourt troubles came from reading newspapers.