By JAY PARIS
On the rubber-chicken circuit, Peter O’Malley was unable to duck.
“It’s tough,” O’Malley admitted.
The iconic former Dodgers owner was asked about his favorite baseball team. Considering O’Malley’s relatives are knee-deep in the Padres’ front office, he has a dilemma.
“If I go to a Dodgers-Padres game and it’s the seventh inning, I think I should just leave me seat and go to the men’s room,” O’Malley said. “So I don’t get spotted standing up for one of the teams.”
It’s a stretch to think O’Malley, whose father, Walter, moved the team from Los Angeles from Brooklyn, would ever ditch his Dodgers roots.
Then again, Peter Seidler, his namesake and nephew, is among the Padres’ significant owners while Kevin, Peter O’Malley’s son, has a more limited role. Tom Seidler, another Peter O’Malley nephew, is also part of the Padres’ brass.
Peter O’Malley admits following the Padres “from a distance” but he couldn’t ignore their impressive offseason overhaul.
“I think Peter Seidler, Ron Fowler and the partners are doing a fabulous job,” Peter O’Malley said. “They stepped up and it is my understanding the city is very excited about the moves.
“Together with the fact they now have the All-Star Game in 2016, I think all the signs are very, very positive. They are on the right track.”
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