Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson was presented The Legacy Award on Tuesday evening at the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year event in New York.
During his acceptance speech, he compared San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird:
“There’s only one person that I hate, love and respect and that’s Larry Bird. I hated him. I loved him. And I respected him so much that I knew if I made a mistake, he would get me the next year. Well, I now have the second person right in front of me – Madison Bumgarner. I hate him because he plays for the Giants and beats us. I love him because he’s so good. And I respect him because he’s such a competitor and his will to win is off the charts.”
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won the second Silver Slugger Award of his career Thursday.
Gonzalez slashed .276/.335/.482 in his second full season with the Dodgers in 2014. He hit 27 home runs and drove in a major-league leading 116 — one off his career high. He drove in 117 runs with the Boston Red Sox in 2011, the first year he won the award.
Gonzalez was the only Dodger player to win a Silver Slugger award at his position.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received the “Premio Nacional del Deporte,” a national sports award presented by Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (CONADE).
Gonzalez, who was born in San Diego and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, also won the award in 2011.