Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser has joined a group of investors led by former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey with the idea of purchasing the team should they be put up for sale. The collection of investors, now called the Garvey-Hershier Group, has been assembled by Garvey in case owner Frank McCourt is forced to sell the team.
Major League Baseball is already running the day-to-day operations of the Dodgers and the league could force McCourt to sell the team if he fails to reach payroll. McCourt has been able to make the payments after much uncertainty the last two months.
“Garvey approached me,” Hershiser, who is currently an analyst for ESPN. “We’ve always talked and communicated through the years. He was a little more of a role model for me, the way he did things. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ He’s been a good businessman.”
“When he called and said he wanted me to be part of this group, I said, ‘Garv, I’d always be interested in helping and doing something like this that would be a lot of fun.’ We’re forming a group that’s investigating situations as they arise. That would be very interesting for me.”
Hershiser spent the first 12 years of his playing career as a Dodger, winning the Cy Young Award and World Series MVP in 1988. Garvey has connections to billionaire Ron Burkle, part-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to also be a possible partner.
I don’t claim to know anything about hockey but I do know that HBO makes must see TV with everything from their Hard Knocks, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, The Rivalry, Battle for Tobacco Road, and their 24/7 boxing series.
HBO will now attempt to take the latter series and create ‘24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic,’ a behind-the-scenes look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals as they prepare to play each other in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1.
It will be a four-show series and is scheduled to air December 15, 22, 29 and January 5 as cameras will follow both teams everywhere from the locker room, hotel, to off the ice.
Trust me HBO brings it and I’ll be tuned in as should you.