May
28
2012
Phil steps up to the plate in bid to buy Padres
By Stephanie Wei under General

Phil practicing his pitching form

San Diego native and resident Phil Mickelson has teamed up with one of the five groups trying to buy the Padres from John Moores, the majority owner for the last 18 years, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The second-leading money-winner in professional golf history has joined four of the grandchildren of former Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley and provided the out-of-town partnership with an iconic local investor.

Three years after resisting the ownership overtures of Jeff Moorad, Mickelson says he’s now ready to take a stake in San Diego’s major-league baseball franchise.

“I’ve had the opportunity to invest in other sports franchises, and I’ve turned it down in the past,” Mickelson said Monday morning. “This was a unique opportunity with families that had done this before and know how to do it right and want to get involved in the community.”

Phil, an avid sports fan who enjoys the friendly high stakes bet, is known for his altruistic propensity for giving back to his community and those less fortunate with his myriad of charities — never looking for recognition or benefiting from tax breaks but simply to provide the less fortunate with opportunities that may not have otherwise been available to them.

He can certainly afford to buy a stake in the Padres. It’s estimated he’s earned more than $61 million in each of the past two years.

“I feel it’s a great financial opportunity, yes,” Mickelson said of the Padres. “But what excites me is the financial opportunity and the opportunity to get the community more involved with the Padres. . .

“Growing up, the Padres were my team and still are. I always had a love for the team. But (recently) I just felt disassociated with the organization a little bit as a fan. I just know I didn’t identify with the players or have an emotional connection. Where I want to get involved is I want to get a personal involvement with the players and the community — personal interaction with fans, more community outreach. I want to create an emotional tie with the players and the community.”

That’s Phil for you — giving back and seeking to enrich the lives of other professional athletes.

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