"How would they get control?"
"Legal confiscation, for a fair-market price. Or negotiated sales. Then let the municipalities appoint boards of directors to run the teams, with the same general managers that run them now—making deals, hiring and firing, trading and so forth. But in the end, the Yankees would truly belong to New York, not to George Steinbrenner."
"But you'd let your 1981 man of the year, O'Malley, continue to own the Dodgers?"
"As long as he kept out of sight."
"How about what Peter O'Malley's father did to Brooklyn?"
"Oh, that. Well, that was a long time ago. A sin of the father. Maybe Peter'll move the Dodgers back someday. Until then he has my qualified support."
I hear the sports department sigh. "Listen," it says, finally. "How did you get this number?"