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by Johanna Wagner
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This post was written by Johanna Wagner on February 28, 2012
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Josh Beckett is endearing himself to teammates and to fans alike, trying to play the victim of his own bad behavior with the Red Sox in 2011.  News yesterday spread that the Red Sox would ban beer including the after the game unwinding beer.  Then Beckett went on the radio to talk about last fall, and about where he places the blame which is on a teammate who told the media.  It wasn’t his own behavior that caused manager Terry Francona to lose his job, it was the talk with the media according to Beckett.  Here is a link to Rob Bradford’s piece about the discussion and the interview where Beckett said among other things that he wouldn’t trade what he had now for three world series rings.  Perhaps that means his daughter, but it isn’t quite the quote that should be coming out of his mouth right now.  And here is a link to Pete Abraham’s piece about new manager Bobby Valentine’s reaction to Beckett saying he isn’t going to forgive the person that leaked the ‘beer and fried chicken’ to the media.

The Dodgers are down to seven groups bidding to purchase the team, with recent groups dropping out because the parking lots around the stadium aren’t being included.  Two reasons for that.  No one wants to own a team, if they have to pay rent to Frank McCourt for use of the lots- especially after what happened last year in the parking lot on opening day for one San Francisco fan.  But two,  no one wants to own the team without having a say in how those parking lots are developed- and they will be developed.  Two other groups were eliminated by McCourt last week.  So Bill Shaiken writes about one of the remaining groups headed by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten.  And while Johnson is a face for L.A. and has become a hugely successful businessman, Kasten has built a reputation as a pretty fierce competitor and very unpleasant man- something the Dodgers don’t need.  The process for sale is expected to be concluded by April 6th when McCourt must submit the paperwork to the bankruptcy judge.  It will be interesting to see if the most money does align with the best interests of the Dodgers.

Quick link to Bryan Hoch’s piece on Andy Pettitte in Yankees camp.  Pettitte may throw batting practice today.

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