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Dodgers sale: 'No greater son of Los Angeles than Magic Johnson'

March 28, 2012 |  7:32 am

 Jeff Lynn, 56, of La Crescenta, sat at a table drinking a cup of coffee just before the sun rose Wednesday at Phillipe’s in downtown L.A.

He said it absolutely mattered that Magic Johnson was involved in the sale of the Dodgers, a team he’s followed since the early 1970s.

“There’s no greater son of Los Angeles than Magic Johnson. He’s proved himself in the community,” Lynn said Wednesday morning. “No sports figure in L.A. has done more than Magic Johnson. And that’s not even talking about what he did for the Lakers.... Plus, he’s from where I’m from: Lansing, Michigan.”

Lynn said the Dodgers were a hard team to love in the last few years. He said he found owner Frank McCourt’s business decisions “shady” and stopped going to games at Dodger Stadium two years ago as his passion for the team faded.

“It was almost like a boycott,” Lynn said. The Dodgers have a “great nucleus of young players,” he said, and Johnson “can only take the Dodgers up from where they are now.”

“This is the perfect thing for L.A.." he said. "L.A. needs a son of L.A. to lead the way. I hope the Dodgers can become the iconic team they’ve always been. I want Dodger Stadium to be a great place to take my kids again.”

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-- Hector Becerra

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