When Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said in February that anything short of a World Series appearance would be "not a good season for us," it was widely viewed as a statement from ownership that there could be major changes if the team fell short of its goal. But Johnson said Tuesday he doesn't view the Dodgers' loss in the National League Championship Series as a "lost season." "We're excited about what we're building, and we're ahead of schedule," Johnson said Tuesday in an appearance on 710 ESPNLA. "I never thought we would get there that fast, to play in the [NLCS]. I was excited. "I'll always be upset if we lose. To my thinking, to not win a championship is always not a good season for me. That's my personal feeling. I don't want to say it was a 'lost season,' because we're still coming together and we'll be even better next season." Johnson, who said he has not been able to watch a World Series game because he is so upset over the Dodgers' NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, also addressed comments made by manager Don Mattingly at an end-of-season news conference. Mattingly said it was a tough season for him operating as a "lame duck" manager on a one-year deal. His option has already vested for 2014, but Mattingly would like a long-term extension. One source familiar with the discussions about a possible contract extension said Tuesday there is "nothing to talk about." Both Mattingly and the Dodgers said last week that he would return to manage the team next season. "Some people just react differently in different situations," Johnson said. "I don't look at it as a bad situation for Don. I think he regrets, probably, some of the things he said, and that's OK, but you know we're going to move forward. Don's a good manager."
Magic: Not 'lost season' for Dodgers
ESPN | Oct 29