Grateful Mattingly says goodbye to McCourt

Grateful Mattingly says goodbye to McCourt

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he spoke with outgoing owner Frank McCourt Thursday for the first time since the announcement that the club and Dodger Stadium would be sold to Guggenheim Partners, Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten.

"It was just talking," said Mattingly. "He gave me the opportunity [to manage] when, really, a lot of people probably wouldn't have. I appreciate the confidence he had in me. I guess, in a sense, it was saying goodbye, knowing he's got things to do in the next month."

Mattingly was asked if it was an emotional farewell.

"A little bit," he said. "I wasn't crying, but people become part of your life, part of the process."

The sale, overseen by a Delaware bankruptcy court, is scheduled to close by April 30.

Mattingly, who received a good-luck text from Kasten Thursday, said last week's announcement of the agreement changed the tone around the club.

"It's a little different, that's for sure," he said. "There's a lot more energy and it's positive around the club. Instantly in Spring Training you could feel a different energy."