Who Gets the Fans in the Divorce?


Usually, it’s all about the kids when couples split up. But in San Diego, it’s all about the Padres. Yes, Padres owner John Moores, the computer software tycoon, is being sued for divorce by his wife of 44 years, Rebecca. (You can call her Becky.)
John and Becky met in high school history class in Texas and married soon after. But John forgot to get something VERY important when he and Becky moved to California.
Right. A pre-nup. So Becky, whose grounds for the divorce are the generic “irreconcilable differences,” is entitled to half of her ex’s assets, the jewel of which is the Padres.
Trouble. Maybe they’ll do right by the kids fans and, instead of selling the team, they’ll pass their shares down to their daughter and make her the owner.
On the other hand, John has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for the Pads.
I’m reminded of one of the divorces (there have been several) of the Steinbrenner children and how it affected the Yankees. It’s a sorry saga that involved a DUI arrest by son-in-law and heir apparent Steve Swindal. Here he is in happier times with George’s daughter, Jennifer.
(She’s a tall drink of water, isn’t she?) Once Swindal was out of the family he was bounced from the Yankees too. Bad move, Steve.
Anyhow, it’ll be interesting to see how the Moores’ situation plays out. Will they act in the best interests of Padres’ fans (either trade Peavy or resolve to keep him already!) or go at each other in the time-honored tradition of high-profile divorces everywhere?


  1. PAUL

    Wasn’t he steppin’ out on her?
    Truthfully, I think the state of the Padres is the last thing on either of their minds. Maybe we should try and put together financing, let me take over as CEO so I could start swingin’ the axe and fix the mess. You’ve got the juice and I’ve got the ruthlessness/baseball brains (not to imply that you don’t since you’re my consigliere).
    We could do it!!!

  2. Jane Heller

    I don’t know the details of the divorce, Prince, but I do like your idea of us taking over the reins of the team. You could run the baseball operations and I could be in charge of….Have to think about that one.

  3. scottproctorsarm@gmail.com

    Not the first time you’ve written about a divorce, but I’m sure this won’t cause the same uproar. 😉

  4. Jane Heller

    My divorce from the Yankees still haunts me, Andrew. Thank goodness we reconciled and are living happily ever after. And the alimony they saved has enabled them to sign CC and AJ.

  5. mlbmark

    Is that MLBlogs Top 100 code working OK for you…let me know if you need a hand (or want it). It looks like 2 br tags and then the code, placed at the end of the Description text, is the best route. This post was another classic…


  6. Jane Heller

    A buyer’s market it is, Jeff. Maybe I should make a low-ball offer to Mr. and Mrs. Moores. A move south to San Diego wouldn’t be a hardship at all. On the other hand, the banks aren’t lending and I don’t have the cash. Want to chip in?

    I do need a hand with the code, Mark. I’m totally baffled. But I’ll keep trying and/or email you. Thanks.

  7. redstatebluestate

    I can offer $79.34 USD towards the purchase of the Padres, Jane. By my estimates, that would entitle me to at least their starting rotation (sans Peavy of course). Having once lived in North Hollywood, I always found SD to be a breath of fresh air despite its support of poor sports franchises. They probably have the best burritos in the world outside of Mexico.

  8. Jane Heller

    Jeff, I’ll take your $79.34 and bring it to Goldman Sachs along with the $13.61 I just got in royalties from an old book. (And they say writing is a glamorous business.) If Prince chips in his $82.50 we should be good to go.

  9. raysrenegade

    That reminds me of the situation when Rays Kroc died and you wondered what might happen to his baseball team? Would the kids want to unite and run the team, or go out and find a highest bidder to supplement the rest fo their natural born lives.

    We all know the answer, and sometimes these professional sports franchises seem to have to evoke their own pre-nuptuals to protect the ownership from petty indifferences, or spiteful counter measures by jilted ex- ( fill in the blanks).

    I know I just paid $ 200. to own my own share of a baseball team in Atlantic City, and not even the dog can prey that ownership from my dead hand. lol

    Isn’t it funny that every sports movie that ever had a divorcee or a woman in the lead chair has always painted her as a negative figure in the plot. I guess most screenwriters’ forget about the late Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere and shoe glamor and sophistication even in the owners’ box. But they still can’t have my tiny ownership share ( 1/1,000,000) in the Atlantic City team.

    Rays Renegade


  10. Jane Heller

    I do remember the Kroc situation, renegade. And ever since George Steinbrenner stepped back from running the Yankees because of health issues, I’ve been wondering if the “kids” will sell the team at some point. So you own a share of a minor league team in Atlantic City? That’s so cool. What’s the name of the team?

  11. Jane Heller

    Aaron, when Prince is made CEO of the Padres, he’ll probably hand Towers a pink slip personally – with pleasure.

  12. hseely@twcny.rr.com


    I had high hopes for Steve “Close Your Eyes and Imagine Jeter” Swindell. I figured he had to be devious enough to make a great general manager.

    el duque

  13. thegoodofthegame

    I’ve got $1.50 and a ball of lint in my pocket right now.. How much more do you need? Sorry I don’t have more, college is rough these days. How much is a ball of lint worth in Panama?

    Coming from a divorced family, the kids never win. I had good parents who put my sister and I first, and I am thankful for that, but a divorce is still a divorce no matter how much icing you put on it, right?

    I’m sure the process will be painful, as if the ‘Fathers’ situation wasn’t already bad enough. Just try and stay classy, San Diego.


  14. Jane Heller

    We’ll take the $1.50 and ball of lint, Scott. I think if we got everyone on MLBlogs to contribute something, we’d get it done. I think we’re up to $100 bucks already!

  15. Jane Heller

    You are! I think the idea of fans banding together to buy a team is great – the stuff of a good comedy anyway.

  16. Jane Heller

    You’re absolutely right, Kaybee. As the resident Padres fan, you are entitled to the owner’s box as well as free hot dogs and beer.

  17. Kaybee

    Well, I’m not old enough to drink beer yet, but I’ll definitely take the free hot dogs 🙂 But it is very true that this is hard on the fans. We have to come out and watch a losing team, our best players are leaving, and our payroll is melting faster than the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s sad. But we will survive it, like everything we else we have endured. I think a new owner will bring new hope to San Diego fans. Or should I say owners…

  18. Jane Heller

    Oops. Sorry about the beer. You’re right – new owners will bring new hope to the team and the fans. But in the meantime, I’m going to keep trying to rustle up the money.

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