I’m sorry George Foster:
Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
In 1974 I took a Nation al League all star team to Japan to play a seven-game series against the American League all stars. I knew that these guys going to Japan were not going to really play. They were going for the money and the experience. But we had to win this series.
The only way I could get the guys to play was to call them in for one-on-one chats.
I called Bill Madlock over and said, “Bill, don’t tell anyone I told you this, but I just overheard the Japanese people talking and they are going to give a new car to the MVP of this series. So if you play hard every day and the other guys don’t you’ll win it walking away.”
I told the same thing to Simmons, our catcher, and I told Pete Rose, and I told Parker, Bowa and George Foster the same thing.
None of my guys wanted to come out of the games, and we just bombed the American League all stars. Now they were going to make the announcement of who the MVP of the series would be.
George Foster hit .460, and he was called out to home plate. When everybody was watching they presented him with a VCR.
The players all ganged up on me.
“You told us we would win a car!” they hollered.
“Hold it, hold it,” I said.
And every time George Foster sees me he gets on me all over again.
But we won.