Boston checks in on Frank & Jamie

mccourtslogo.jpgThe Boston Globe on Sunday went with a front-page story on the McCourts saga. Included is skepticism about Jamie's claim that she didn't know what she was doing when she signed that document giving Frank sole ownership of the Dodgers. The lede:

It was 2001, Frank McCourt had just pitched a roomful of businesspeople on his bold dream to buy the Red Sox and turn 24 acres of pavement he owned on the South Boston Waterfront into a state-of-the-art ballpark. Sensing some resistance to the idea, the silver-haired landowner agreed to sweeten the deal, and was about to offer an enticement when his wife, a blond, slender-framed woman with sharp features, cut him off.

“Shut up, Frank,’’ said Jamie McCourt.

To those in the room familiar with the couple, the exchange, recounted by a lawyer who was present, was typical. For two decades in Boston, the hard-nosed husband and wife developers had proved themselves to be shrewd, but combative, even with each other. It was a style that won them few friends in the business community or at City Hall, and when their play for the Sox failed and the McCourts headed West to take over the Dodgers, many wondered how their headstrong approach would play in Los Angeles.

The answer, it seems, is badly.

Later in the piece, Jamie is called "a talented and tenacious lawyer" and an unnamed Boston lawyer says: "Unless she’s had a lobotomy since moving to L.A., I don’t believe she didn’t know what she was signing. Of the two, Jamie was always in charge, as far as I was concerned. She was drafting the documents, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.’’ Also, I'd previously missed that the McCourts had never seen Dodger Stadium before buying the Dodgers, and that Frank had converted from Catholicism and their children were raised Jewish.


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