Frank McCourt never on solid ground

Updated: April 21, 2011, 4:28 PM ET
By Ross Newhan | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

It was early in his tenure as the new owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers that Frank McCourt invited me to lunch at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

I had recently retired as the national baseball columnist at the Los Angeles Times and was happy to have a meal tab picked up by anyone anywhere.

I was also a little surprised by the invitation.

Before Frank and his wife, Jamie, purchased the team in 2004, I had written critically and skeptically -- in concert ...

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