Would this face let you down? If ever there was a reason for Angel fans to have hope for the future it is that they have one of the few owners in all of baseball, nay, all of sports who genuinely puts winning before everything else. Sure, Arte wants to see the Halos turn a profit, but he believes in his heart of hearts that if you build it (a winning franchise), they will come (the fans and money). But before we delve too deep into the mantra of Moreno, let's get a quick frame of reference against other owners, just to give you and idea of how much worse things could really be:This season may be a lost cause, but that doesn't mean the Angels are poised for a lengthy fall from grace, at least not with Arte Moreno in place as owner. No matter how bleak you think things may be right now, fret not for Arte Moreno's hopes and aspirations for his franchise are too big for him to let the team fail.
- Jeffrey Loria recently bilked the city of Miami out of hundreds of millions of tax dollars to get his Marlins a new revenue-machine of a stadium built for his club, all the while secretly pocketing tens of millions dollars under the table for himself, instead of helping pay for the stadium. Not to mention hamstringing a team full of great young talent by keeping the payroll extremely low instead of spending some cash to make the team a full-fledged contender.
- David Glass, owner of the Royals, is one of the richest men in the world yet he consistently slashes budget, keeping the Royals from ever ascending from perennial cellar dwellar status.
- The owner of the Mets was one of the marquee victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Seeing how he trusted that guy with all his money, it certainly helps explain why Fred Wilpon hasn't been able to hire a competent front office for several years and counting.
- Until recently, the Rangers were owned by Tom Hicks, who was in such deep debt that he couldn't even sell the team without a three-ring circus taking place in bankruptcy court.
- I saved the best for last. We've all seen what a disaster the cross-town rival Dodgers have become in the wake of the ongoing divorce of co-owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. Not only have they proven themselves to be incompetent owners, but they also exposed all their dirty little secrets, like the McCourt family using the Dodgers as their own personal piggy bank, instead of spending the necessary money to build and maintain a contending team. Then they just flat out embarrassed themselves with revelations like them paying a psychic a six-figure salary to "send out good vibes" for the Dodgers. Yikes!