Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Ross Newhan Revisionism: O'Malley And The Angels
Now, Moreno has helped establish the stability that was always missing, and now the Angels and Dodgers may be headed for a real Freeway Series.Really? 'Cause when I remember my history, Arte bought the team in 2003, and it was owned by Disney when they won their one and only title. Sure, the Mouse also delivered those godawful periwinkle pinstripes, but once they realized the cheerleaders were a stupendously bad idea, they brought in Bill Stoneman to run the club (and then Mike Scioscia to run it on the ground), and things have been looking up, rather a lot.
Don't get me wrong, I think the world of Arte — he's the best owner in pro sports that I know of — but give Michael Eisner his due here.
But yes, I also agree Moreno deserves an insane amount of credit for bringing them up to their rightful big market status. Now, they are a regular top 5 team in terms of payroll, attendance and even team value. This team is worth a *lot* (and, I mean a LOT) more now than it was when Moreno bought the team, according to Forbes.