I Love This Game
photo by Orlin Wagner/AP
After a 4,250 day break, I have returned to manage my beloved Dodgers. While it is for only eight games during spring trianing, I still haven’t lost that love for the game. The last time I managed the Dodgers was June 23, 2006, and I left the club with a two game lead.
This spring, I have been asked to manage the team again while Joe Torre takes our split squad to China. While they are making history there, we are making history here. Did you know that this is the only case where a manager in the Hall of Fame has ever come back to manage again?
I can honestly and truthfully say that I am the only manager to be walking the streets of ths country who has never been fired. During my twenty years as manager of the Dodgers, 212 managers were fired, so it’s proof positive that you have to win.
Although we did not win today, which I am upset about, it was still great to get back in uniform and manage the ball club. I felt right at home, especially when James Loney hit a tapper up the first base line. The umpire called it fair, even though it was blatantly foul, and called Loney out after the catcher tagged him.
Well as Manager it was my job to tell him that he was wrong.
I would like to thank the McCourt’s, Ned Colletti and Joe Torre for giving me this opportunity. While it feels good to manage again, it feels even better knowing they thought enough of me to entrust me with the team and give me this opportunity. They have made an old man feel great.
I am looking forward to tomorrow morning though, because I am going to address the players in a closed-door meeting. I hope they don’t hear me in Port St. Lucie!