With Tony Ressler a principal member of one of the final four groups currently in the running to buy the Dodgers, that leaves open the possibility that the franchise could have a new first lady from the world of television: Ressler’s wife, actress Jami Gertz.
Gertz has spent three decades in show business, but for me, she is famous for two particularly square roles: as one of the stars of early 1980s TV series “Square Pegs” (with Sarah Jessica Parker) and from the memorable “Seinfeld” episode, “The Stall,” as the girlfriend of Jerry’s (and phone sex operator on the sly) who couldn’t spare a square of toilet paper for Elaine.
Gertz is already connected to baseball, thanks to Ressler’s position as a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers (partnered with another Hollywood connection, Mark Attanasio, brother of “Homicide: Life on the Street” creator Paul Attanasio). She has been cast in a 2012 pilot for ABC, an untitled project from “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman about a family “that “moves into a beautiful, surprisingly affordable gated community in New Jersey only to discover that all the neighbors are literally from another planet.”
It’s not clear that the Ressler-Michael Heisley group can beat out the others — for one thing, Hollywood producer Peter Guber has just beefed up the Magic Johnson-Stan Kasten contenders, while Steven Cohen seems to have the deepest pockets. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is the other remaining major bidder. But if the other groups don’t meet the approval of, yes, outgoing Dodger owner Frank McCourt, the Dodgers’ next Jami could be Gertz.