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Jayson Werth Was Treated By A Wizard, No Seriously

Kyle Scott - June 10, 2010

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Get out your voodoo dolls and magic elixirs folks, because this one gets real weird.

As detailed in this article by Deadspin, the Dodgers hired a pseudo scientist to send "good vibes" to the team from 3,000 miles away.   The now estranged Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Dodgers, hired Vladimir Shpunt (that sounds like something that would need to be steamed out of bed sheets) in 2004 after Shpunt (hehe) treated Jamie, both in person and at a distance, for an eye infection that was later cured.  I'm sure the antibiotics she was likely taking didn't help…

Anyway, the McCourts put Shpunt on the Dodgers payroll for somewhere in the neighborhood of six figures to help the team from his home in Boston.  Apparently he would "transmit energy" to the Dodgers while watching games.

Then he took to treating players.

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