Magic Johnson, one of the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was in camp on Friday to see how his team is shaping up for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Johnson made it very clear to the players that expectations are high in Los Angeles.
Even though Johnson and the other owners expect great things from a team that is loaded with talent from top to bottom, he wanted to emphasize that having fun is very important for the season to be successful.
“This Dodger team, I’m feeling good how we really know each other now,” Johnson said, according to Dodgers.com. “This city is about expectations. Come on, now, you’ve got to embrace that. Have fun. Play the game the way you’ve always played it.
“It’s not about expectations, the payroll. We should want to win it. Hey, there have been expectations on them as young men way before now. They were probably the best in high school, in the college they went to. Expectations? I love it. Because it reminds me of the old Dodgers, the old Lakers. I told them, `You all had pressure. We had it too. We loved it.’ I’d rather have that than no expectations.”
The team’s biggest goal should be to win the World Series, but Johnson believes just making it to the postseason would count as a successful season. Considering the Dodgers have not clinched a playoff berth since 2009, I would say getting to the postseason would be a big accomplishment. With that being said, a team that has spent as much money as Los Angeles this offseason should expect bigger and better things.
The Dodgers will get their first true test right off the bat as they face the defending World Series champions in the first series of the regular season. There is no question what happens against the San Francisco Giants in that first series will set the tone for the rest of the season.