No, I don’t mean that there isn’t any magic… I mean that there isn’t any Magic Johnson.
I understand that the NBA Finals are going on, and I understand that as an NBA Hall of Famer he is expected to at least make an appearance during the Finals, but maybe someone should tap Magic Johnson on the shoulder and whisper in his ear that the Dodgers, his Dodgers, are getting their butts kicked and maybe he ought to make an appearance with them.
I also understand that Magic Johnson is, in all honesty, nothing more than a figure head and the face of the Dodger franchise, but perhaps he ought to show that face in the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park in Milwaukee so that his team, the team that just got swept out of Atlanta and on the verge of being lost for the season, can at least see what a champion looks like. And who knows, maybe he might do a little ass-chewing himself while he is there; Heaven knows nothing that his manager or coaches are saying to them is working.
I realize that it’s not really fair to lay the Dodgers ineptitude on Magic Johnson or the other Dodger owners, I mean they’re not the ones leaving runners in scoring position or blowing games out of the bullpen, but Magic Johnson is the guy who said: “We want to go to the World Series. If we don’t accomplish that… it is not a good season for us.”
Perhaps Magic should give this same little pep talk to his team – his baseball team… the Dodgers – not the Spurs or the Grizzlies.
Or better yet, perhaps he should walk up to Matt Kemp and say “WTF?” Or walk up to Andre Ethier and say “I thought you wanted to stay here in L.A.” Or walk up to Brandon League and say “Dude – What about that 3-year/$22.5 million contract we just gave you?” Or walk up to Don Mattingly and say “Gee, Don, maybe not giving you that contract extension was a good idea after all.”
The point here is that it is time for Dodger ownership, and not just Magic Johnson, to slam the door open and storm into the Dodger clubhouse (home or away) and slam their fist down on the table and say “Enough!”
It’s time for Dodger ownership to say ‘If you can’t get the job done, we’ve got kids in Triple-A, Double-A and even Single-A who would kill for an opportunity to play the game the way it should be played – with passion and with heart (Nick Punto notwithstanding).
It’s time for Dodger ownership to put their mouth where their money is.