As everyone knows, the Pirates' owner Bob Nutting is the devil incarnate, even though there's no evidence he's ever taken any money from the team and doesn't take a salary. So that makes Dodgers owner Frank McCourt ... what, exactly?â†µ
During testimony in the first week of their divorce trial, McCourt said he took out a $60 million loan on land around Dodger Stadium to help pay off mortgages on the couple's expensive homes. Court documents indicated the McCourts have taken out more than $100 million in loans from Dodgers-related businesses to fund their lavish lifestyle. Ownership of the team is at the heart of the trial, which is set to resume Monday.â†µ
As GTrain at Bucs Dugout put it earlier today, this is what a terrible owner looks like. McCourt really is everything Pirates fans imagine Bob Nutting to be. This isn't to say that Nutting has never done anything bad, or that we know everything about his tenure as owner, but the public recently got a look at the Pirates' financial documents that took the Pirates by surprise, and what came out is mostly just evidence that the Pirates are doomed to underclass status unless baseball gets a salary cap. That's horrible, but that's not Bob Nutting's fault.