By Josh Kramer
“Magic” in LA?
No athlete has meant more to his or her respective city than Magic Johnson. Ten games into the 2012 MLB season, it appears “Magic” has struck again in Los Angeles. No team is playing better baseball than the Los Angeles Dodgers at the moment. Yes, the same team that the villainous Frank McCourt owned until recently. What is the difference between the 2011 and the 2012 edition of the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
After the days of Bill Russell and before the days of “His Airness,” there was Magic Johnson. Magic and the Lakers were synonymous with the word “Winning” in the 1980s. Though it is still very early, it seems that the new ownership has revived the winning mentality in a once very proud Dodgers organization.
Okay, I realize this is totally a stretch. Magic and his partners bought the troubled franchise for around two billion dollars on March 27th. There is no way they could have done much to completely transform this team into one of the MLB’s elite in just a few weeks. I believe in the power of pep talks. But ownership has to make baseball moves as well to lead a franchise to greatness. Magic and Co. have not really had an opportunity to make any baseball moves. The real “Magic” lies in the play of star center fielder Matt Kemp. Continue reading