LOS ANGELES -- Making their first official appearance on a gray morning in a nearly empty stadium, new Dodgers owners lighted up the place Wednesday with raucous promise, defiant hope and only one certainty.
Hang on to your blue, because it's going to be a wild ride.
Magic Johnson wept. Stan Kasten scolded. Mark Walter dodged. There was cheering. There was booing. There was groaning. There were several Dodgers greats who were sentimentally honored and one who, despite sitting right in front of the podium, was completely forgotten.
In the end, moderator Vin Scully jokingly said what many were thinking.
"I'm fed up, I'm fed up to here," he said. "I go back to the changing of the guard, when Branch Rickey handed the franchise over to Walter O'Malley ... and I am telling each and every one of you right now, this is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend."
Yeah, the Guggenheim Baseball group put on that kind of nutty show, a nearly 90-minute news conference that took place in Dodger Stadium's center field, appropriately on a spot where Matt Kemp has made both diving catches and silly drops.
The good news for Dodgers fans is that the new owners announced they are lowering the parking price from $15 to $10, a move reminiscent of what Arte Moreno did with beer when he bought the Angels.
"We wanted to make a strong, strong statement," said new president Kasten.
The bad news for Dodgers fans is that they still don't know how much of that money will end up in former owner Frank McCourt's pocket, considering he still owns half of the parking lots that the new owners lease.
The new owners said again Wednesday that McCourt will not make a penny off parking and can benefit only from future development on the land. Yet they remain short on details about the nature of their partnership with the unpopular former owner.
That issue momentarily turned the news conference into a schoolyard shoving match.
"Let me address it very directly," new controlling owner Walter was saying. "Every aspect of this operation is managed and controlled by us.
At that point, he was interrupted by Johnson, who urged him to leave his seat and make his statement at the lectern.
"Hold on, Mark, go up there and be direct with these people, please, Mark," said Johnson.
Walter hurriedly stood, stepped to the lectern, and repeated, "Every aspect of Chavez Ravine is controlled and managed by us. The former ownership does have economic interest in certain profits that might come from eventual development."
Then Johnson jumped back in.
"We own it 100%, he doesn't get a dime from the parking.
How many times do we want to say it?" Johnson said. ''I had [Walter] go up to the mike
. If you need me to come up, I'm 6-9."
Amid much laughter, Johnson then threw the final serious elbow.
"Let's move forward, please, Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers anymore. We should be clapping for that," he said.