It's a Magic, as in Johnson, day for Dodgers fans

By John Rogers

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 28 2012 3:57 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — At the little hole-in-the-wall cafe that serves as the unofficial pit stop for Los Angeles Dodgers fans heading to baseball games, there is Magic in the air.

That's Magic as in Magic Johnson, who, his city awakened to learn Wednesday, has been named one of the new co-owners of LA's once equally beloved baseball team.

Everyone loves Magic, said Dorman Austin as he sat at a table in Philippe's, the 104-year-old corner deli that claims to have invented the French-dipped sandwich.

Throughout the place, where newspapers with Johnson's picture sat on tables, that sentiment was repeated over and over.

As for the current owner, the reviled Frank McCourt, the general sentiment was goodbye.

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