Billie Jean King has gone back to her roots in becoming part of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ ownership group.The tennis champion first became enamored with the team when it arrived from Brooklyn in 1958. King says she and younger brother Randy Moffitt “grew up bleeding Dodger blue” in Long Beach. Moffitt later pitched in the majors for teams that included the rival San Francisco Giants , or as King puts it “the wrong team.”King and her partner Ilana Kloss have taken an undisclosed stake in the Dodgers at the invitation of owner Mark Walter.“It’s a great thing for the Dodgers,” manager Dave Roberts said.Pending approval by the WNBA, King and Kloss are also expected to have an ownership interest along with Walter in the Los Angeles Sparks.“We’re not allowed to talk about it,” King said, referring to her percentage of the Dodgers. “We’re all in this together.”King said she hopes they “can make a difference that’s meaningful and be impactful.”She and Kloss met Walter and his wife Kimbra in the last year while helping raise money for a new tennis complex on the South Side of Chicago, where King splits her time when she’s not in New York.“We took a beat and waited and then said we’ve got to do this,” said Kloss Stephen Piscotty Jersey , who is King’s former doubles partner. “It’s funny how little deals sometimes take forever and deals that are the most meaningful are about the people and the relationships.”Walter, King and Kloss didn’t get into specifics about what their roles with the team will be.“We need a lot of listening first because this has happened very fast,” King said. “We need to learn from everybody.”Walter said King and Kloss “know a ton” about professional sports and leagues, with King having co-founded World TeamTennis, which just wrapped up its 43rd season.“They’re so underselling what they add in terms of value,” Walter said.One area that King and Kloss hope to expand upon is the Dodgers’ efforts to be inclusive to the LGBTQ community.“I care so much about everyone,” King said. “I want everyone to feel included.”Kloss added , “We really are excited not only about doing well but doing good.”King, the 74-year-old former No. 1 player in the world, was like a kid at batting practice Thursday. Sporting a No. 17 jersey, she and Kloss stood behind the cage watching the Dodgers take cuts while chatting with coaches.King said it is her and her brother’s favorite number since both favor odd numbers.King caught up with outfielder Chase Utley, whom she’s known since his days with the Philadelphia Phillies. She pointed out that they attended the same junior high and high school, albeit at different times, in Long Beach.King and Kloss are the first women among the current Dodgers ownership Jake Smolinski Jersey , which includes NBA legend Magic Johnson and entertainment executive Peter Guber.“It’s great as women that we’re a part of this,” King said. “It sends a very strong message.” Tim Bradbury/Getty ImagesBoston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected from Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Fenway Park in Boston, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reported.Cora was arguing a called third strike on Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham showed the pitch was just outside the strike zone:Pete Abraham PeteAbeBenintendi strikes out looking and throws his helmet, bat and gloves. Coaches had to get him out of there. He had a point: TrUojgcGH6Benintendi's strikeout came at an important moment in the game. The Red Sox had just scored the second of two runs in the inning and had runners on second and third. Had the pitch been called a ball, Boston would've had the bases loaded with two outs and J.D. Martinez at the plate.Regardless of whether Cora had a case, his ejection was inevitable when he approached the plate. MLB umpires are directed to give any manager the hook when he argues balls and strikes at home plate.Umpiring has been a minor subplot throughout the 2018 postseason. New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia called Angel Hernandez "absolutely terrible" after Hernandez was the home-plate umpire during Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

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