"You can expect us to be aggressive," said Kasten, wearing his Braves 1995 World Series championship ring. "We're going to be in on everything, but it has to fit for us. I certainly want to help Ned build on that. We're going to take advantage of any opportunity. We're not going to wait. If we can win now, today, that's our preference."
Kasten and Johnson vowed to be near-daily presences at Dodger Stadium. Johnson doesn't plan to weigh in on personnel moves, but his business acumen, charisma and enormous popularity in Los Angeles will be assets.
"I wrote a big check, so I'm going to be involved on a daily basis," Johnson said. "I'm a big control freak. ... We're going to outwork everybody. I can't wait until my office is done. I'm going to check in on Monday."
Kasten promised to be visible and available to fans on the concourses in the same way he ran the Braves, Hawks and Thrashers in his previous multi-tiered job in Atlanta.
"I'm just coming off a six-month gag order, so I've got a lot to say," Kasten said.
Walter is the Dodgers' new chairman and the biggest money man in the deal. The son of a concrete-block factory worker from outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Walter runs the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, which made another fortune buying distressed assets in the recent economic downturn, from his home in Chicago.
But Walter will be getting comfortable in Los Angeles: He already spends one week a month in the area, where his wife graduated from high school, and he plans to buy a residence in the area soon.
"This is not really about us," Walter said. "This is about the Dodgers, one of the most honored and storied franchises in history. We're passionate about making this organization the best it can be in every respect."
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the first speaker. Dodgers greats Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Steve Garvey and Tommy Lasorda gathered for the announcement, most gamely donning Dodgers jerseys for photographs with the new owners — including the 6-foot-9 Magic in his size 56 jersey.
The 84-year-old Scully closed the celebration in his own inimitable style by remembering back to the first time the Dodgers changed leadership during his tenure with the club, when Walter O'Malley took a controlling stake from Branch Rickey in Brooklyn in 1950, right after Scully went to work for the club. Scully then cited multiple changes since, including all four changes or minority sales in the past 14 years.
"I'm fed up," Scully said. "This is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend."
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.