Just had an impromptu visit from Tommy Lasorda, who popped into my office and spent the last hour sharing stories from the past 50-plus years with the Dodgers. This happens from time to time and definitely serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are to work for the Dodgers.
At the end of the hour, Tommy told me he wanted to show me something I would never believe if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. By this point, we’ve got a group of people hanging out in the office and he breaks out a DVD from the 80s (I guess it was once a VHS that was converted) from Spring Training. In it, he is showing Joe Garagiola just what it means to have players who play for the name on the front of their jersey.
One by one, Tommy gets some of the most well-known names from Dodger lore to go down on their knees and say "I love the Dodgers." It was Ron Cey, Tom Paciorek, Willie Crawford, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and others screaming at the top of their lungs about how much they love the Dodgers. It’s funny how much the game has changed over the years but Tommy’s stories never grow old (even if I have heard some of them 100 times).
At the end of the video, Tommy shows off the tombstone that was made for him that says, "Tommy Lasorda – Dodger Stadium was his address but every ballpark was his home." In the clip, he says he wants to work for the Dodgers even after he dies. When Garagiola asks how he plans to do that, Tommy said that someday on his grave, he wants to put a Dodger schedule every year so that when people want to know whether the team is at home or on the road, they can say, "Go see Tommy."
Of course, by that time maybe graves will have digital photo frames to remember the departed and wireless Internet access, so we can direct them to dodgers.com, but one way or another, we’ll make sure he’s covered.