The Dodgers played the Braves Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, attracting fans that had just heard the news that Major League Baseball will take over operation of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying he will appoint a representative to oversee the "business and the day-to-day operations" of the team.
The team is in a dire financial position, due in part to the divorce battle involving Frank and Jamie McCourt.
"It's unfortunate, you know," said actor Josh Duhamel, who threw out the first ball. "I’m sure the McCourts did everything they could to make sure this didn’t happen, but, you know, I just want what’s best for the baseball team."
Duhamel, known for his role in the Transformers movies, said that he will always support the team.
"Bye bye McCourts! We won't miss ya!" said Dodger fan K. Arno at the stadium Wednesday night. "I felt the players energies. We're actually better tonight, probably because of this." She added: "It's like they were freed,"
"I want the O'Malley days back," said her husband, Richard Arno. "The Dodgers have suffered under the McCourts. Now I'm hopeful about who'll buy them next."
Frank McCourt issued a statement Wednesday questioning the action: "Major League Baseball sets strict financial guidelines which all 30 teams must follow. The Dodgers are in compliance with these guidelines. On this basis, it is hard to understand the Commissioner's action today."