A Dodgers / Giants Memory

 

LasordaCandlestick2_275.jpgBy the time Candlestick Park was closing I was already retired from managing the Dodgers.  I managed the Dodgers for 20 years and my record against the Giants is 184-147, and at Candlestick 86-81.  When we took that long walk from the clubhouse to the dugout, I would blow kisses to the fans.  They used to get all over me as the boo’s would wring out all over the park.

The last game at Candlestick, September 30, 1999, was between the Giants and the Dodgers, and I was on hand for it.  As part of the celebration of the many games played there between the rivals the Giants asked me reenact that long walk and blow kisses to the fans, and I was happy to do it.

Well, when I made that walk they were booing me tremendously.  I got to home plate and there was a microphone set up for me to say a few words to the crowd.

“I finally figured it out,” I said to the crowd.

“You don’t hate me.  You hate yourselves because you love me!”

And yes, the Dodgers beat the Giants that day 9-4.

7 Comments

Tommy, I wish someone on this team now showed half of the love for being a Dodger that you did and still do. I miss your passion in the dugout.

Great story, Tommy. The MLB needs more managers like you that are willing to live, die, and bleed for their team.

Love that story Tommy!
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Mr. Lasorda, I was born and raised a Dodger fan, and my daughter will be as well. I grew up with a family gathered around the television watching the Dodgers. As I am currently deployed overseas, i hope to make the same difference you made on the hearts of true baseball fans, to our country. God Bless, Tommy!

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Democrats have a card to play as well. Should Congress fail to act, the reductions will expire for everyone, opening Republicans up to accusations that they killed a tax cut because it did not benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Republicans may seek to exploit that anxiety by proposing bills to freeze current tax rates. As Congress returned from a five-week recess, McConnell proposed legislation to make the Bush-era cuts permanent, saying Democrats had enlarged government over the last two years and “now they want the tax hike to pay for it all.”
“There is ample evidence that a bipartisan majority of the House would support a clean bill to ensure that no American faces a tax increase in this difficult economic environment,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said Monday.
Democrats have a card to play as well. Should Congress fail to act, the reductions will expire for everyone, opening Republicans up to accusations that they killed a tax cut because it did not benefit the wealthiest Americans.
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