Dodgers great relieves Magic for ceremonial first pitch

LOS ANGELES – As they unveiled all their new and expensive improvements — $100 million in ballpark enhancements and the best team money can buy – the Los Angeles Dodgers paid homage to the glory of their past.

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who rejoined the Dodger family this spring after years of estrangement, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season opener following a classic bit of Hollywood scene-setting.

After the introduction of former team luminaries like Tom Lasorda, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Orel Hershiser, part-owner Magic Johnson went to the mound and pretended to be about to throw out the first pitch.

Manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and “pulled him,” calling for a lefty instead.

In walked none other than Koufax, wearing his familiar No. 32 and drawing a huge ovation.