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"Frankruptcy" Shirts Fit Mood of Dodgers Fans

A season of frustration turns into an opportunity for a life-long Dodgers fan

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 12:59 PM PDT
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Two examples from the "Frankrupt" line of shirts and sweatshirts.

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On the day the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection, a life-long Dodgers fan set to work on a line of shirts that sum up fan frustration with team owner Frank McCourt in one word: Frankrupt.

As of Wednesday night, Jon Moore had orders for 50 of his "Frankrupt" shirts. The wordplay is blended into a Dodger-like logo to represent how far the organization has fallen.

"To have the team go from that Kirk Gibson moment to this, it's really said," said Moore.

The clothes feature the graphic on the front. Some have "Chapter 11" on the back. Others read, "McCourt $0."

There are sweatshirts, women's V-necks or raglan baseball tees -- men's triple-XL sizes also available.

Moore could have sat grumbling on his couch Monday when the team filed for bankruptcy (then proceeded to smack a club-record 25 hits in a 15-0 win over the Twins). Instead, the life-long Dodgers fan called a graphic designer friend Danny Bazil, created the "Frankruptcy" line and registered the sales website.

"I've been bummed out all season," Moore said. "It's probably a venting of the frustration. Since this launched, we've been working on it around the clock."

The 33-year-old said he has always been a Dodgers fan -- win or lose. Ideally, he'd like Major League Baseball to seize control, provide an interim owner and sell the team.

The team's future might become clearer July 20. That's when a bankruptcy judge scheduled a hearing at which Major League Baseball will present a loan offer that poses an alternative to the $150 million in interim financing that was approved Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

"I just want to see the Dodgers back to what they used to be -- to what they should be," Moore said.
 

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