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MAGIC JOHNSON WINS AUCTION FOR DODGERS!
PLUS GOOGLE ^ | 3-2012

Posted on 03/27/2012 8:21:24 PM PDT by doug from upland

Magic Johnson Wins Auction for Dodgers Basketball legend Magic Johnson led a group that won an auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, marking the final chapter of in a soap-opera style saga for the legendary franchise.


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1 posted on 03/27/2012 8:21:33 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

Johnson has a reputation as a capable businessman. This could be good development for the Blue Crew.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 8:23:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: doug from upland

Good news for los Doyers if he isn’t letting Frank McCourt keep the parking lots.


3 posted on 03/27/2012 8:24:43 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: doug from upland

I guess it’s cool. I lost interest in the Dodgers when they traded Steve Garvey.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 8:25:16 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: BenLurkin

Agreed. Magic brought thinkinkg to basketball, then used that to his numerous and very successful businesses.

And, of course, L.A. will LOVE having him as part of yet another historic local sports franchise.


5 posted on 03/27/2012 8:26:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: doug from upland

Just read that if this goes through McCourt will make a $900 million dollar profit


6 posted on 03/27/2012 8:27:55 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: P-Marlowe

Actually the Dodgers did not trade Garvey, he declared free agency and signed with the Padres. Probably a good move on the Dodgers’ part. I noticed a downgrade on Garvey’s abilities in 1982 and that was his last good year.


7 posted on 03/27/2012 8:37:23 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: doug from upland

I was very happy that Mark Cuban did not buy the Dodgers.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 8:40:22 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: All

Left field pavillion seats at $50?


9 posted on 03/27/2012 8:45:53 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: chrisinoc; doug from upland
Actually the Dodgers did not trade Garvey, he declared free agency and signed with the Padres. Probably a good move on the Dodgers’ part. I noticed a downgrade on Garvey’s abilities in 1982 and that was his last good year.

Baseball used to be a TEAM sport and the Dodgers had a team attitude. They had the same infield for almost a decade with Garvey, Sacks and Lopes and the same pitching staff with Hersheiser and Sutton and Charlie Hough and you equated the players with the city and the city with the team.

After Garvey left there was never again that cohesive team spirit on the Dodgers and worse, the whole of major league baseball became nothing more than a business venture for corporations and billionaire capitalists.

I guess it wasn't just the Dodgers that lost my interest. I love baseball, but I just have a hard time getting invested in any team these days. No matter which team you are currently rooting for, the roster will change so much in the next 3 years that even if you are a season ticket holder, you'll need to buy a program so you know who's playing on YOUR TEAM.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 8:46:11 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: doug from upland

Good thing the Villaraigosa group didn’t get it and move the team to Mexico. (There was not really a Villaraigosa group.)


11 posted on 03/27/2012 8:47:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/mlb/story/_/id/7745566/los-angeles-dodgers-selling-team-magic-johnson-group-2b

here’s the ESPN link


12 posted on 03/27/2012 8:50:04 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: All

Magic just tweeted out confirmation.


13 posted on 03/27/2012 8:57:27 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

FYI....MLB had appointed a committee of three owners to review the financial statements of the various groups bidding for the Dodgers. One of the owners...none other than NY Mets owner Fred Wilpon..he of the Bernie Madoff connection....


14 posted on 03/27/2012 8:58:44 PM PDT by ken5050 (The ONLY reason to support Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear at the WH each Christmas)
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1.1 bil was sale of Miami Dolphins, the second highest sports franchise. Good grief is this ever a lot of money.


15 posted on 03/27/2012 8:59:51 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: chrisinoc; P-Marlowe

FWIIW, I get a bit misty remembering the Iron Curtain Infield and the Big Blue Wrecking Crew.

That was my entire childhood.


16 posted on 03/27/2012 9:01:43 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: All

Hear Vinnie call the 9th inning of Sandy’s perfecto ==

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJdli-ONL-8


17 posted on 03/27/2012 9:03:45 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: P-Marlowe
They had the same infield for almost a decade with Garvey, Sacks and Lopes

IIRC, Steve Sax was the '80s. The Dodgers infield of the '70s was Garvey, Lopes, Bill Russell, Steve Yeager and "I don't remember" at 3rd.
18 posted on 03/27/2012 9:12:13 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: doug from upland

Doug,

I listened to this one with a crappy transistor radio on my parents’ kitchen.

Went to game 4 of the World Series, sat at the very top of the RF pavilion. Just missed catching Wes Parker’s homer as I was walking up the steps.


19 posted on 03/27/2012 9:16:15 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: freedumb2003

“Batting against him [Don Drysdale] is the same as making a date with the dentist.” – Dick Groat[5]

“Don Drysdale would consider an intentional walk a waste of three pitches. If he wants to put you on base, he can hit you with one pitch.” – Mike Shannon

“The trick against Drysdale is to hit him before he hits you.” – Orlando Cepeda

“I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he’d come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, ‘Do you want me to sign it?’” – Mickey Mantle

“For every Dodger they [the Giants’ pitchers] knock down, I’ll knock down two of theirs—and they won’t be .220 hitters, either.” – Drysdale, still on the subject of brushback pitches; quoted from the Los Angeles Times


20 posted on 03/27/2012 9:17:53 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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IIRC, Steve Sax was the '80s. The Dodgers infield of the '70s was Garvey, Lopes, Bill Russell, Steve Yeager and "I don't remember" at 3rd.

Ron Cey was at third base, Russell at short, Lopes at second and Garvey at first. One of the best infields of all times!

21 posted on 03/27/2012 9:21:56 PM PDT by Diego1618 ( Put "Ron" on the rock!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
IIRC, Steve Sax was the '80s. The Dodgers infield of the '70s was Garvey, Lopes, Bill Russell, Steve Yeager and "I don't remember" at 3rd.

It was Cey, Lopes, Russell, Garvey.

22 posted on 03/27/2012 9:23:25 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Gingrich or Bust.)
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To: chrisinoc

I was there in 1982 when Cey and Yeager hit back to back HRs in the bottom of the 7th in almost the identical spot in left center to beat Guidry 2-1. Saw Koufax pitch his first no hitter against the Mets.


23 posted on 03/27/2012 9:27:05 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland

From Seinfeld— “No parking lot for you!”


24 posted on 03/27/2012 9:33:34 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: doug from upland

Frank McCourt will still own the parking lots, so I and many other fans still won’t be going to any games.


25 posted on 03/27/2012 9:34:39 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Billy Grabarkewitz played 3rd base...


26 posted on 03/27/2012 9:36:57 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: P-Marlowe
I grew up a Reds fan and we loved to hate the Dodgers in the 70's. They always duked it out for first and second place, the Giants were third, and the Braves were always at the bottom of the NL West.

Btw, I could never figure out how the Reds and Braves were "West" teams. Or why the Cubs were "East"

27 posted on 03/27/2012 9:42:18 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: P-Marlowe

“No matter which team you are currently rooting for, the roster will change so much in the next 3 years that even if you are a season ticket holder, you’ll need to buy a program so you know who’s playing on your TEAM.”

That is so true in all professional sports! It is almost impossible to root for a team these days. For goodness sakes don’t get attached to any player - you will almost always lose out. Great for them and the money - no good for fans at all...


28 posted on 03/27/2012 10:01:21 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: P-Marlowe
"I guess it wasn't just the Dodgers that lost my interest. I love baseball, but I just have a hard time getting invested in any team these days."

Interesting. I was always a pro sports fan. My interest in Baseball died when that great dodgers era ended. I had enjoyed all that team interaction especially Monday, Yeager, Russell and that penguin guy at third ... not to mention LaSorda and Valenzuela.

I grew up a 49er faithful. So, my football watching days ended when the Walsh/Montana dynasty faded.

My basketball heroes were always the Celtics and after the great Bird/Johnson rivalry, there was really nothing that got me excited enough to watch any more of that stuff either.

It seems the sports that draw my attention the most are where individuals have a make or break situation to get their checks; golf, tennis and pro cycling are more fun for me to follow now.

29 posted on 03/27/2012 10:02:20 PM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: doug from upland

No need to move the team to Mexico. Mexifornia already moved in on the team two decades ago.


30 posted on 03/27/2012 10:04:48 PM PDT by Adams (Fight on!)
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To: P-Marlowe

I lost interest in the Dodgers when Duke Snider retired.


31 posted on 03/27/2012 10:17:05 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: BenLurkin

“Johnson has a reputation as a capable businessman. This could be good development for the Blue Crew.”

It is going to be tough to get out from under that debt. He dug himself a huge hole by grossly overpaying by half a billion.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 10:17:38 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: doug from upland
Sandy’s perfecto

My parents were at that game.

33 posted on 03/27/2012 10:19:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: doug from upland

I was there when Drysdale set the record for shutout innings.

I saw the Dodgers beat the Reds on a Johnny Bench error!

I saw two security guards rough up a roudy fan in a back area of the stadium (they didn’t see me watching them from above).

I saw Manny Mota make about a million game winning hits or long outs with a man on third.

Vinny (and Chick across town) were the soundtracks of my youth.

Ever see a chicken running around the outfield?


34 posted on 03/27/2012 10:29:19 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: doug from upland

I’m still iffy. When to almost every game whenever the M’s visited during the interleague games and the stadium is a La Raza convention. If you every sit in the wrong seats, you might end up like Bryan Stow.


35 posted on 03/27/2012 10:32:58 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Jeff Chandler

besebol be very good to ju?


36 posted on 03/27/2012 10:40:50 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: doug from upland
Bring back The Worm !



...oh...wait...never mind.
37 posted on 03/27/2012 11:33:50 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: boop

Reds fan also...long time one... ;)


38 posted on 03/27/2012 11:39:03 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: RitchieAprile
besebol be very good to ju?

Are you talking about Koufax?

39 posted on 03/27/2012 11:57:42 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: onedoug; windcliff

Ping


40 posted on 03/28/2012 2:22:16 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: doug from upland

He didn’t win it alone, he also had help from aides.


41 posted on 03/28/2012 5:02:08 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: stylecouncilor

Great. Now what about the parking lots?


42 posted on 03/28/2012 5:21:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Jeff Chandler

>>Vinny (and Chick across town) were the soundtracks of my youth.<<

Don’t forget Jerry Doggett — our #2 baseball commentator was heads and shoulders above almost everyone else’s #1 (Vinny is in a class by himself).


43 posted on 03/28/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: doug from upland

I wonder if Magic is going to treat the Dodgers like his new TV network and only welcome African Americans to the stadium.


44 posted on 03/28/2012 4:35:55 PM PDT by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: P-Marlowe

Wow, worst memory evah! Sacks aka Sax and Lopes may have played on a softball team where you might have two 2b’s, but not the Dodgers. It was Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey in the 1970’s (mostly)IF. Sutton was the 60’s and 70’s, Hough was the 70’s and mostly out of the pen and the Bulldog was 1983-1994. If you saw this staff, you’re the only one. The team spirit was its best ever when they won the WS in 1988 with a squad of over-achievers. Worst world champion evah!!


45 posted on 03/28/2012 5:22:48 PM PDT by newbie 10-21-00
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Video of Kirk Gibson limping to the plate and taking Eckersley deep in the World Series. Truly amazing. You never know in sports. Oakland was the prohibitive favorite, but the Dodgers got ‘em.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3364800


46 posted on 03/28/2012 8:05:32 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Saw so many games pitched by Koufax and Drysdale. Saw Willie D hit in games 29, 30, and 31. Saw the Toy Cannon beat the Reds with a 7th inning grandslam. Saw Wills steal a ton of bases. Never did a baseball stadium rock as it did when Wills got to first and no one was in front of him. 50,000 chanting GO! GO! GO!. My son's first game was when he was about 2 on Dodger camera day. I have a photo of him being held by Garbey (as he called him.) Was at Duke Snider night in the Coliseum at the end of the Duke's career. He got a home run and triple that night. Saw a steal of home at Dodger Stadium but don't remember who did it. I saw this: In his Major league debut on April 12, 1962 against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium, Pete Richert set a record by striking out the first six batters he faced. His Dodgers trailing 4-0, he entered the game with two outs in the top of the second inning and struck out Vada Pinson for the final out. Richert then recorded a four-strikeout third inning in which his victims were Frank Robinson (his future Oriole teammate), Gordy Coleman (who reached first base on a passed ball by Johnny Roseboro), Wally Post and Johnny Edwards; his record-tying sixth strikeout was of Tommy Harper leading off the fourth. To date, Richert is the only pitcher to record a four-strikeout inning in his Major League debut. Richert won the game in 3⅓ innings of relief, giving up no hits or walks and striking out seven. That year, he went 5-4 as a spot starter in a rotation led by the future Hall-of-Fame duo of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. In 1963 he went 5-3 on a Dodger team that won the World Series; Richert did not pitch in the Series, which the Dodgers swept from the New York Yankees
47 posted on 03/28/2012 8:20:16 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland
http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201110/vin-scully-announcer-baseball-history
48 posted on 03/29/2012 12:33:09 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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