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?