It hit me this morning. I remembered the Toyota trucks and that did it. Frank McCourt absolutely must sign Prince Fielder and lock up Matt Kemp on a multiyear contract. Why the trucks? Some years back I owned a private security patrol in a snowy mountain resort. I was ready to move on so I put the business up for sale. Offers came in, but I could not seem to get my price. Then I had an idea. My 4X4 patrol vehicles were a hodge-podge of different makes, models, and colors. I went out and bought 4 new 4X4 Toyota trucks--all painted the same color--all with fancy signage on the sides, front and back. The upgrade made the business look like a professional outfit instead of a hanging-on-by-the-fingernails mom and pop. Offers more than doubled and it sold for cash. I made back the investment in the vehicles with plenty to spare.
McCourt is sitting on a business where attendance is down, the personnel needs help, and its last World Series occurred before today's college freshmen were born. You want $1.2 billion, Frank? Then lock up Kemp and sign Fielder. Yes, it will cut into your successor's profits, but why buy a bankrupt fixer-upper when you can have a team on the come? Signing Fielder changes everything. No, he may not perform at the level he has already reached, but Dodger fans will begin to hope and hope can give you a lot more in the sales price than fear. Go for it Frank. Give us something that will make us forget a few of your mistakes and give yourself an extra $200 million.
Anybody out there agree with me?