Pardon My Absence

I have been away from my computer for some time, but I am back and want to share some of my recent experiences with you.  I?ve missed communicating with you; I?ve missed talking baseball with you, especially in the midst of the pennant race; I?ve missed hearing from you; I?ve missed blogging.

When the Dodgers played the Cubs in Chicago at the end of August, the Cubs invited me to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch.  It was an honor being invited, and lots of fun singing.  Before the song, I addressed the fans at Wrigley and said, ?You are, without a doubt, the second greatest fans in all of baseball.?  As you can imagine, they didn?t particularly Wrigley_6 like that label, but I thought they were lucky I gave them the 2 spot.  I could have said seventh or eighth best fans.  When the time came, I of course said root, root, root for the Dodgers, which went over well.  I had a great time though, and I can?t wait to go back to the Friendly Confines.

Over Labor Day weekend, I took a trip to the California Speedway in Fontana, California.  The Speedway hosted the Sony HD 300, a NASCAR race attended by 130,000 people.  I was the honorary starter.  What a thrill it was to climb up the starter?s tower and look at the grandstands.  I could not believe how many people were there to watch the race.  However, that thrill was surpassed when I turned around and watched the cars pull out of pit-row to take two warm-up Nascar6_1 laps.  With the engines roaring as the cars came around the final turn of the last warm-up lap, they must have been going at least 185mph.  I just wish I had pitchers with that speed.  When they came around that turn I waived the green flag, which is the official start of the race.  The race was very exciting, but you only wish the drivers are safe, and injury free after going that fast.

Last, but certainly not least, I participated in a goodwill relief tour of three shelters in Baton Rouge and Biloxi.  The tour was hosted by Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio, and coordinated by the American Red Cross.  Joining us were Andy Garcia, Jimmy Smits and Daisy Fuentes.  When we arrived in Baton Rouge, I was sad to see so many people affected by hurricane Katrina.  It was terrible to see these people go through such a tragedy. 

However, they are strong.  They have heart, and they will survive.

I was tremendously impressed with the shelters we visited.  While it was heartwarming to see the evacuees receive food and clothing from the Red Cross, what really made our trip worthwhile was the love, joy and hope we brought to the people.  We lifted their spirits and preached the message of never quitting.  We made sure they had fun while we were there.  We made sure they haven?t forgotten how to laugh.  Laughter is the food for the soul, if you can laugh, you can forget all your problems.  In fact, to make sure of that, I led a congo line as Gloria sang.  Now that is fun!

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WELL IT IS JUST ANOTHER GAME, THAT WHAT WILL OZZIE SAY. BUT TO ME OMG I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. U KNOW WHAT , I STILL BELIEVE IN THE SOX AND I WILL ALWAYS DO. MAYBE IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF THE OFFENSE , THEY DID NOTHING TODAY. AND I THINK THAT OZZIE SHOULD START SHOWING US HIS NEW GUYS( FOR EXAMPLE, BORCHARD,who has 28 homers or so.) I THINK OUR OLD GUYS ARE JUST TIRED AND THEY NEED SOME REST , ONE BY ONE. MAYBE HE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO SURPRISE HIS FANS. YES I AM DISAPPOINTED BUT AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T SWEEP US, WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE, MAYBE IF WE SWEEP THE TWINS AND THE TIGERS. WELL KEEP YOUR GEAR ON AND LETS TRY TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE TWINS AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL DO SOMETHING SPECIAL. WELL I JUST SAY GO SOX GO SOX GO SOX……

Welcome back and Happy Birthday, Mr. Dodger!

Happy Birthday, Tommy – we love you & the Dodgers (though we wish they’d win sometimes). God Bless You & your family & give you many more birthdays.

Randy from Pennsylvania

TOMMY,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM YOUR FRIEND AND PAST TRAINER.

CHARLIE STRASSER

Happy Birthday Uncle Tommy !!!

I’ve followed the Dodgers all 30 years of my life and I can’t believe you’ve been with the organization for longer !!

I love the “Root Root Root For The Dodgers” at Wrigley

God Bless you, God Bless the Dodgers and God Bless America!

TOMMY, YOU ARE THE MAN! I want to wish a very happy belated birthday to the GREATEST DODGER FAN EVER! I’ve followed the Dodgers for the past 46 years and you have been such an inspiration.

Stephanie

Happy Birthday, Tommy. Great to have you back. Love hearing about what’s going on with you.

Tommy,
It is indeed a pleasure to once again read about your recent activities, just as it was to read your book ‘Artful Dodger’. (For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s just full of great stories!)

In fact, during a recent conversation with a friend of mine, the question was asked,

“which living person would you most like to have dinner with?” For me, it was easy. Tommy Lasorda! First of all, I LOVE Italian food, and would consider it a great honor to meet you and hear more stories about your remarkable career.

And for all you Dodger fans, I know our team hasn’t had the kind of success this year they had expected, but I gotta tell ya, I’m very excited about all the young talent the team has now, and honestly feel that with a stable pitching rotation, this could be a great team for many years! Already looking forward to 2006…

Bruce

Tommy,
You are the best! I happened to watch you sing and was very proud of you having the back bone too ‘root, root, root for The Dodgers’. I also watched the following day when ‘The Penguin’ sang ‘root, root, root for The Cubbys’. Shows who is THE REAL Dodger fan!

Happy birthday!

‘Coliseum’ Bruce

Hi, Tommy! A belated happy birthday, and many, many more.

I was disappointed that Fan Appreciation Day wasn’t a sellout :( (Even with fewer bodies in the ballpark, I didn’t win anything. ) The crowd really came alive in the sixth inning, thanks to the hustle and timely hitting the team displayed. I keep score, and track pitching changes by changing the color for each new pitcher. For the first time since the Freeway Series before Opening Day, I nearly ran out of colors!

Tommy Lasorda, you are a great guy, and I’ve heard you really bleed Dodger blue, but you are TERRIBLY misguided (GRIN) . I bled Dodger blue before you…I had been a Dodger fan for 10 years when they moved from Brooklyn to LA. If THAT wasn’t bleeding, I don’t know what is! Just to add to the pain, I became a Met fan for the first 10 years of THAT organization (Casey who? Thank God for number 14!). NOW, because of the fact that I worked in the Chicago area for a while and made the mistake of taking my wife to her first Major League ballgame at Wrigley, I’m a Cubs fan…is there no end to pain?

CIAO TOMMY….

HELLO FROM A PAISANO IN THE INLAND EMPIRE. YOU SHOULD PUT ROSA’S RESTAURANT ON YOUR LIST….THE BEST IN THE I.E. HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND OUR AREA SOON..TAKE CARE….LOVE YA…

Were you gone Tommy? Saw you were at the “Drew Carey Show” and trying to catch a Taxi at NASCAR! So the Angels came crawling back to L.A. Hope you and Sowsh don’t fight when he changes colors next year! Peace!

tommy you are trully an amazing man i remember your glory days as if they where only yesterday and now we watch your prodgeay,s mike socsia and orel hirshiser has they follow in your footsteps as great managers of this truly awsome game my only sugestion is TOMMY SHOULD BE THE DODGERS GENERAL MANAGER NOBODY UNDERSTAND THE DODGERS LIKE TOMMY DOES

Dear Tommy,

I was at that Cubs gamed and I almost died of Dodger pride when you said “root root root for the dodgers.” Cubs fans may not like you, but I LOVE YOU!

Tommy:

You are a great man who has done many great things. My wife cherishes the picture you took with her a few years ago and that moment with so many others, are dear to my heart. You and I met when I was a young, troubled teenager who has moved on to become a successful human. I can only say thank you for passing on some special words and for being the great human that you are.

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