Quite a sight…

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.

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There is only and will only be one Tommy Lasorda, the greatest Los Angeles Dodger encourager of all time!All of you, have a very,merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Here is to a great 2008 year for our Super Beloved Los Angeles Dogers as they bring back the World Series Championship back to Los Angeles!

I am reading “I Live For This” and just finished the section describing how Tommy would get players to do what Josh said is in the video. Can anyone imagine a manager getting players to do something like this today? Long live Tommy. By the way, it is a great book full of stories about Tommy.

OK, let’s start a campaign – JP for CJ Wilson. Eat a buttload of his contract and go a straight-up 1 for 1 deal, or throw in Biemel if you have to.

In fact, throw in Loaiza and eat half his contract as well if they’ll include Littleton or a reserve outfielder or infielder + a middling prospect.

I’m on board. LOL

don’t know… I think we’re being too greedy. CJ Wilson is pretty good and most likely the Rangers closer. If they take JP for ANYTHING I would have to consider it a huge success. Lets not start asking for anything in return if it causes them to back away from a deal.

There is a big problem if Pierre gets traded…. What the **** will all of you talk about with him gone

Oh, what a problem to have. LOL

You are right Jspelk.

We’ll probably have to talk about how excited we are to be winning the division and looking forward to a World Series.

Jhall, that sounds like something good to be talken about, but there is along time util they can begin to start winning. So you guys should hope that he gets traded but not until the season starts

Tomorrow would not be too soon for me.

Gotta give SOMETHING for JP. After all, he is an everyday centerfielder. A rare commodity of speed and grace on the basepaths; a gamer who’s in there for every inning of every game; someone who regulary gets 185-200 hits a year; a great clubhouse influence…

Wait a minute…

This isn’t the Rangers blog is it?

NEVERMIND.

Hey Enchanted…
Gotta give SOMETHING for JP…

How about we send him to Texas with a bag of balls, a Chili’s coupon and two tokens to the batting cages…

If Pierre is gone we can debate who the left fielder should be Eithier or Young. Both are easily better than Pierre That’s a debate I’d love to have. Trade Pierre to anyone for anything. With him gone we instantly improve. Addition by subtraction.

Right on it Jaxkat, Fleigel, and Enchanted.
Also, the battle for the 5th spot in the starting rotation should provide plenty to blog about.

jhall – thought you’d enjoy a little JP humor before Christmas!

I am hopeful that Schmidt can bounce back and become a decent 4th or 5th starter in 08. 160 innings, 10-11 wins. What a luxury that would be at the back of the rotation. I don’t think he will ever be an ace again, but anchoring the back of the rotation is not beyond reason.

Yep Enchanted, I did enjoy the Christmas humor. Thanks.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.

I just started a new blog – I’d love for you guys to all check it out. Take a look: http://bluestrikes.blogspot.com

I’m going to try to update it daily, we’ll see. It will be mostly Dodger stuff, but some around the league opinions too…

Gotta feel if you can get anything out of 5 spot from Schmidt and/or Loaiza and/or Kuo, we’re ahead of the game. I think a nice 160 innings and a 4.5 ERA would be acceptible from Schmidt.

Kinda makes you long for the days when the Ds were solid 1 thru 5 SP. You know, looking back at those 70’s teams battling the Big Red Machine with HOFers Morgan, Bench and Perez (and let’s face it, Rose should be in there too) along with Foster who put up HOF type numbers for a couple years and Concepcion, the D’s always gave as good as they got against them and we only had one HOFer (Sutton.)***** though, go back and look at those ERAs – if you were higher than a 3.3, you ******.

As regards Schmidt and the possibility of him coming back with significant useful innings, I have just two words to say:

Tommy John

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Nobody can top Tommy….Lasorda is Numero Uno.

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