His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

There have been over 260 Popes, 43 U.S. Presidents, but there are only 16 managers in the Hall of Fame.  Now that’s a tough fraternity to get into!


All kidding aside, I have been invited by President and Mrs. Bush to the White House to receive His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at a special ceremony tomorrow on the South Lawn.  To say that I am honored to receive such an illustrious invitation is an understatement.  To be amongst two of the world’s leaders is truly an honor and privilege.  I just wish my parents could be alive to see it.


I like to tell the story about when the Pope arrived at LaGuardia Airport and rushed to the curb to get a cab.  He told the driver that he had to be at a very important meeting in 30 minutes.  The driver said there’s no way he could get him to the meeting on time so the Pope said to get in the back and that he would drive.


So they’re going down the highway, 60, 70, 80 miles an hour and a Highway Patrolman pulled them over.  He walked over to the cab and immediately rushed back to his bike and got on the two-way radio.


“Chief, chief, you won’t believe who I pulled over Chief.  This guys is big, I mean really big, Chief!” exclaimed the cabby.


“My God Mario, you’re excited.  Who is, the president of the United States?”


“Bigger than that, Chief.”


“Well who is it, Frank Sinatra?”


“Bigger than that, Chief.”


“I don’t know, Mario.  Who is it?”

“I don’t know who he is, but he’s got to be big because he’s got the Pope driving him!”


I have had the honor of meeting two other Popes, and proudly display the Papal blessings, printed on beautiful parchment paper, in my office. 


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Papal Blessing.JPGBeing raised Catholic and going to Mass throughout the course of my life, I only have one question for His Holiness… Why didn’t the Corinthians ever write back?


Maybe I could trade one of my World Series bats for the Pope’s staff…


In any case, I hope to represent the Dodgers, and Major League Baseball to the highest degree of class, dignity and character.  This is something I will never forget, and something I will hold in my heart forever.


I would like to thank the McCourt’s for allowing me to attend the ceremony.  They are truly gracious people, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all they do for the Lasorda’s.


That is really amazing that you are able to have the honor of having dinner with some of the most respectible people in the world. I’m sure that you will represent both the Dodgers and the MLB very well. You have been doing it for years, so I don’t expect anything different. It’s nice to see that everything for you is paying off. This and what happened at Spring Training just shows what hard work and dedication does. Because you are such a great person, they picked you over many other people that could have gone. You have more class, dignity, and character than anyone I know. Good luck and don’t spill on your suit.

Tommy, when I read that joke in I LIVE FOR THIS! I had to laugh out loud. It’s a good thing no one else was at the bus stop that morning!

I’m sure you’ll have something to talk about your visit when you post your next blog entry.

Hey Tommy,
What an honor for you to be invited by President Bush to meet the Pope! But it is an honor that you so richly deserve… And congrats to you and Jo on celebrating 58 years together! My parents had almost 60 years together, before my Dad passed… but now they are reunited again! Stay happy and well… because YOU are the Dodgers!!!

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