Even with the Dodger season over, players and coaches alike have reflected on the 2013 season and this morning, Dodgers owner Magic Johnson was the latest to talk about the season.
It was Johnson that proclaimed prior to spring training that the Dodger season would be a failure if they didn’t win a championship and after their NLCS Game 6 loss, it was a tough pill to swallow. However, on with Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson on ESPN Radio 710, Johnson had a different view of the season:
No, I don’t view it as a lost season. We’re building something and we’re excited. We’re ahead of schedule and I never thought we’d get there that fast. I was excited. I’m going to always be upset we didn’t win. I don’t want to say it was a lost season because we’re still coming together and we’ll be better next season.
The competitor and champion that he is, Magic said that he hasn’t watched a minute of the World Series, but did say the Dodgers lost to a better team in the NLCS.
When the Guggenheim Group purchased the Dodgers, nobody could’ve expected them to put together a $225+ million payroll and Magic said that if they want a player, they’ll go out and get him.
Last week Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and GM Ned Colletti had an awkward press conference and Magic was asked about it:
Don’s going to come back, but we’re going to let Stan and Ned handle that. Don’s a good manager and I’m sure he regrets some of the things he said.
Mattingly said that he’ll honor the one-year remaining on his contract, but his agent and Stan Kasten maintain they’re looking to strike a multi-year deal.
Last winter, Dodger Stadium saw $100 million put into renovations and Magic said it was great to see the city of Los Angeles embrace the team during the season and playoffs. As has been the case under the new ownership group, the Dodgers will continually look to improve and it’s clear they aren’t satisfied with just an NLCS berth.
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!