McCourts paid good vibes guru to think blue for Dodgers

frank-jamie-mccourt-star.jpgFrank says it was Jamie's idea. She says it was Frank's idea. Doesn't matter! This may be the juiciest McCourt divorce revelation yet. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times paid a visit to the self-described "scientist and healer" in a Boston suburb he asked not to be named.

Vladimir Shpunt, 71, lived most of his life in Russia. He has three degrees in physics and a letter of reference from a Nobel Prize winner.

He knows next to nothing about baseball....

In the five years he worked for the Dodgers, he attended just one game. Instead, he watched them on television in his home more than 3,000 miles from Dodger Stadium, channeling his thoughts toward the team's success.

Shpunt's work was one of the best-kept secrets of the McCourt era. The couple kept it hidden even from the team's top executives. But from e-mails and interviews, a picture emerges of how the emigre physicist tried to use his long-distance energy to give the Dodgers an edge.

It's the Column One story in tomorrow's Times. Shpunt says his hands put out more energy than most people's, and he has treated illnesses such as leukemia by laying on of his hands. He helped the Dodgers by, and I kid you not, watching their games on TV and thinking good thoughts. How much was he paid by the Dodgers? Team attorney Marshall Grossman said he didn't know and, uh, "could not find a copy of the contract."

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