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McCourt fired his wife, Jamie, from her position as the team's chief executive officer. She filed for divorce days later and McCourt responded by saying she had an affair with her bodyguard-driver and hadn't been doing her job.
That set up an ugly fight over money and control of the Dodgers that went on for months.
Bob Daly, the team's managing partner from 2000 to 2004, said baseball executives knew McCourt borrowed heavily to buy the team but they assumed he would pay down that debt once he took over. The divorce proceedings revealed that he and his wife paid themselves huge salaries and bought a handful of Southern California properties.
McCourt gave himself a $5 million salary and his ex-wife $2 million, according to evidence at their divorce hearing.
Among their many incidental expenses was a six-figure fee they paid Vladimir Shpunt, a self-described scientist and healer in Boston, to send positive energy across the country to the team. Each of the McCourts has since said it was the other one's idea.
All the drama has left some fans wondering whether the Dodgers are a second-tier team in a rundown stadium that has become increasingly dangerous -- so dangerous that the Los Angeles police are now plentiful at the stadium to provide security since the beating of the Giants fan.
"We are not a second-tier city," said Goldberg, the public relations executive.
Some fans are hoping for the best with the management change.
The takeover "has to be something good," said Venny Saucedo, who was wearing his Dodgers jersey when he arrived at Dodger Stadium with his three children for a game Wednesday night.
"If he can't run it," said Saucedo, a Dodgers fan of more than 30 years, "someone has to come in who can."
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