Here is last night’s story from Lasorda at His Best:
Here is my story that aired last night on KABC 790 as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
I loved having fun with my players. April 1st was always a great day for it. There was one time I called Pedro Guerrero in and told him he was traded.
“What?” he exclaimed. “You traded me?!”
I didn’t even have a chance to tell him it was April Fools Day. He rushed right out of my office over to the phone. He called al Campanis in a rage.
“You lied to me. Yesterday you told me I was never getting traded and today you trade me!”
I knew I was in trouble with that one. I finally got him to quit talking. I told Al I was just playing a little joke on him and he finally forgot about it.
Another time Dusty Baker and I were hanging around the batting cage during BP.
“You Italians are tough,” he told me.
“Tough?” I said. “What about my father? Six days after he passed away his heart was still pumping and they had to hit it with a stick to finally get it to stop.”
He went around the cage towards Reggie Smith.
“Hey Reg,” he said. “Did you here about T’s father? Six days after he died his heart was still pumping.”
“You dummy,” said Smith. “Do you listen to everything that guy tells you?”