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May 12 [Sat], 2012, 15:54
When the Dodgers reported to the clubhouse on Friday, each player and uniformed staff member found a pair of No. 32 Lakers custom men jerseys signed by new part-owner Magic Johnson.One was personalized for each Dodger, the other autographed so each could be donated to the charity of the player's choice.It was such a generous gesture that Indiana native and manager Don Mattingly finally made the conversion complete from being a Larry Bird fan."This puts him over the top," said Mattingly, who said he has green Bird sneakers, but had to buy them at a charity auction."It's a great gift," said Jerry Hairston, a big fan of Michael Jordan who sidestepped the question of which Basketball Hall of Famer was better.
"Magic was the greatest point guard," said Hairston. "Jordan was the greatest shooting guard."Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten on Friday held his first team meeting since taking charge and assured players what he announced at the May 2 introductory press conference: New ownership is committed to "building a first-class organization."When players returned from the recent trip to Denver and Chicago, they found that the wives and family room had been renovated. When players showed up in the clubhouse on Friday, they found a pair of autographed Magic Johnson Lakers custom women jerseys in their lockers.Kasten told players that ownership will make acquisitions to improve the club and is considering a renovation of the clubhouse along with other updates to Dodger Stadium."And I told them that what I needed from them was to reach out to the fans and community," said Kasten.
"We're going to ask more of them in personal appearances and philanthropy. I told them, 'You know how excited you are to get Magic's customized mlb jerseys ? That's how everyone feels when you give them your autograph.' I think they're all-in. I hope so."Kasten said the upgraded family room was something he could do in a week. Other changes will take time, but he believes he made a statement."They all loved it," he said. "We'll look at everything -- the clubhouse, all the facilities. We'll always do what we can to bring in the best players, but that's sensitive, because it means some guys are going to leave."
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