The Dodgers got the Magic touch from their co-owner in the form of a World Series guarantee.
Magic Johnson took hold of the microphone at Dodger Stadium Thursday during Clayton Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event, telling the crowd the MLB-leading team is going all the way this season.
“And last but not least, the Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year. This is our year,” Magic declared.
The NBA Hall of Famer and Lakers president then turned to Kershaw to wish him a speedy recovery from a lower back strain, which will keep the L.A. ace on the disabled list for roughly four-to-six weeks.
“So, get healthy, lead us,” Magic said. “That’s the only thing I don’t have and I need that ring.”
Even with Kershaw on the shelf, the Dodgers remain a top playoff contender. With a league-best 71-31 record, they lead the Diamondbacks by 12 games in the NL West.
Kershaw has helped the Dodgers to a major league-leading 3.12 team ERA, with the D-Backs second at 3.48.
The Dodgers last played in the World Series in 1988, beating the A’s in five games for their sixth championship in franchise history (including the Brooklyn Dodgers’ title in 1955).
Magic has found plenty of success both on the court and in business, but a Dodgers title would make it a triple play.
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