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Everyone wants to see what $2 billion baseball looks like -- the Dodgers announced that opening day 2012 tickets for the stadium's 50th anniversary season have sold out.
The timing of the ticket shortage is notable, but selling out of opening day seats is something the Dodgers are used to.
It's also a hit of feel-good news as the peanuts-and-Cracker-Jack spirit has been challenged by controversy amid Frank McCourt's divorce and a near-fatal attack of SF Giants fan Bryan Stow after last year's opening day game.
The April 10 home opener against Pittsburgh begins at 1:10 p.m. As in previous years, tickets are still available for fans that want to buy a mini plan or season ticket package.
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File: Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda looks on from the dugout as he serves as an honorary coach during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Everybody’s buzzing about the sale of the Dodgers, but the story would not be complete without hearing from the man himself, Tommy Lasorda.
Lasorda, after 63 years in Dodger Blue, likes this deal.
"I’m very happy," Lasorda said. "But I’m always happy. But I wasn’t happy when the bankruptcy came to the Dodgers. That’s something that I never ever thought about. I’m just happy that we got it all settled. I think they’re going to do a good job."
Lasorda says he’s known two of the partners, Magic Johnson and baseball executive Stan Kasten, for years.
Kasten, by the way, is described as the ultimate baseball ownership insider. He ran the Atlanta Braves, and then the Washington Nationals.
"He's a pretty good man," Lasorda said of Kasten.
Lasorda predicts the luster of what used to be one of the golden teams in baseball will return. "We will get it back," he says. "We shall and we will. We must."
Some fans are upset that the game doesn't appear to be entirely over for Frank McCourt, who apparently is retaining at least partial ownership of land surrounding the Dodgers' stadium.