A memory from the 1980 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium:
Here is the story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
When Chuck Tanner managed the 1980 National League All-Stars he picked me to be one of his coaches. The game was played right here at Dodger Stadium. The score was tied, or we were a run behind, when he told me to get a pinch hitter, as Tommy John was pitching for the American League.
I told him I had just he guy, Ken Griffey.
“No Tommy,” he said. “Tommy John is a left-hander. You know that.”
“I know that Chuck,” I said. “But you have to put him in.”
He couldn’t understand why, but he did. The first pitch Griffey hit a ball over the 370 sign, which is exactly what he did the year before when Tommy John was pitching for me and Griffey was with Cincinnati. Het hit a home run over he 370 sign against us, but he hit the same homer for us during the All-Star Game.
And who do you think the MVP the 1980 all-Star Game was?