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SBD/August 14, 2012/Franchises
MLB Franchise Notes: Tight AL Wild Card Race Boosts Tigers' Attendance
Published August 14, 2012
NUMBER ONE FAN: In N.Y., Tyler Kepner profiled Guggenheim Baseball Management, which owns the Dodgers, and wrote Basketball HOFer and team investor Magic Johnson’s responsibilities “are vague but vital in a city where image matters.” Johnson said, “I’m selling the Dodgers everywhere I go. When I went on the ‘Today’ show, everybody had a Dodger hat. When I went on ‘The View,’ I gave all the ladies a Dodger hat. I was on a little boat in Italy and I gave the whole crew Dodger hats and shirts. So I am promoting the Dodgers everywhere, and I think that’s a part of my job” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/12).
BAD YEAR FOR BOSTON: In Boston, Nick Cafardo writes Red Sox Owner John Henry and Chair Tom Werner have been “clobbered by fans and media all season, but when you are in Baltimore, or Pittsburgh, or Kansas City, you gain some perspective.” Cafardo: “Boy, are we spoiled around here.” Something “nobody wants to hear is the Red Sox are just having a bad year.” But that is a “reasonable statement because organizations just don’t win every year.” One AL team owner said of the Red Sox, “They’ve had a heck of a run at the top. We’d all kill for that” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/14).