Selig continues to monitor Dodgers
NEW YORK With the Los Angeles Dodgers in danger of running out of cash in less than three weeks, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wouldn’t set a timetable for approving a $3 billion television deal that would enable owner Frank McCourt to make payroll at the end of the month.
Selig gave McCourt the face-to-face meeting the Dodgers owner wanted but hasn’t loosened baseball’s grip on the storied franchise, hampered by the divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt. With the team’s finances failing, Selig installed former Texas Rangers President Tom Schieffer as the Dodgers’ monitor on April 25 and told the Dodgers that Schieffer must approve any expense of $5,000 or more.
Baseball officials believe the Dodgers don’t have enough cash to make their end-of-May payroll, which runs about $8.25 million. McCourt has said the TV deal with Fox would give the club about $300 million up front.
“Nobody is using the Dean Smith four-corner offense. We’re trying to move as fast as possible,” Selig said Thursday after the two-day owners’ meeting ended.
It is LaRussa or Lohse?
n Tony La Russa is back in St. Louis recovering from a painful bout with shingles. Yet most anyone who watched the presentation of lineup cards Thursday would’ve been sure the veteran manager was at Wrigley Field.
Pitcher Kyle Lohse gave a spot-on impression before the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1. He donned a La Russa jersey, wore his trademark sunglasses and made some of his familiar gestures as he stood at the plate with the umpires.
As Lohse returned to the dugout, he was greeted with applause, laughter and high-fives from his teammates. It sort set the tone for the lopsided victory.
Lohse said La Russa let acting manager Joe Pettini know he was OK with the act.
“He texted Pettini and appreciated it. He appreciated the win more,” Lohse said.
“I’ve been doing the Tony for a couple days. My hair is getting out of control. I realized when I didn’t gel it up, it hangs all over the place, throw the hat on and you’ve got Tony,” Lohse said. “Messing around before the game, I was like ‘I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it!’ Threw his jersey on, went down there and it just kept escalating from there.”
I got deeper and deeper, I couldn’t get out of it.”
Cubs manager Mike Quade said he was almost mad at himself because he wasn’t at the plate to see Lohse’s impersonation. Instead, bench coach Pat Listach represented the Cubs.
“It shocked me to death,” Quade said. “Was that unbelievable or what? Looked just like him, didn’t it?”