Big Lebowski? No Big Deal to Koufax

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — During my last day visiting the Cactus League and, having missed my first opportunity, I wanted to make sure and ask Sandy Koufax about him being mentioned in the movie "The Big Lebowski." Obviously.

Koufax unassumingly had announced his presence at Camelback Ranch a week ago in a new role, as an instructor in Los Angeles Dodgers camp. When I had a chance then to ask him about "Lebowski," I froze, later rationalizing that it was a topic best handled one on one. If at all. My line of questioning wasn't exactly like, "Where have you been for the past 47 years?" or "How are you going to help ensure that Zack Greinke is worth $159 million?"

To remind those who have forgotten or don't know the Koufax-Lebowski connection: One of the movie's characters,...

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