Zack Greinke is a huge basketball fan. Magic Johnson is one of the Dodgers' owners. So did Johnson deliver a personal recruiting pitch for the Dodgers?
As it turns out, no. Johnson expects to meet Greinke for the first time Tuesday, when the Dodgers hold an introductory news conference for the $147-million pitcher who did his own free-agent research.
Johnson was not in town when Greinke, trying to decide with which team to sign, visited Dodger Stadium for a three-hour meeting with Dodgers President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti. Manager Don Mattingly also met with Greinke.
"What happened was really interesting," Johnson said Monday. "He came in by himself. No agent, nobody.
"He just came in to talk to Stan and to Ned to find out the direction, find out about the organization, find out about us. So, when Ned called me, I said, 'Do I need to call him or not?' And Ned said, 'No, let him go ahead. I think we laid it out to him.' I am always willing to make the call.