June 2011

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Second to Nun:

Here is my story that aired yesterday on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

Down in Nashville, Tennessee I have a good friend by the name of John Hobbs.  He told me about these nuns who were living in a convent that was 98 years old, and it was condemned.  They had to move out.  I asked him what they were going to do with the nuns and he told me they would put a couple here, a couple there and so on.

“No John,” I said.  “These nuns should all be together.  Let’s build them a new convent.”

We decided to a have big night to raise money to build the convent for the nuns.  I told him that after the season ended I would come down to Nashville.  I had dozens of signed baseballs that we could auction, make a lot of money and build them a convent.

We made a deal with the director of Hee Haw.  We filled the Grand Ole Opry and put on a tremendous show.

I had all the nuns sitting in the front row with me.  When it was over they asked me to get on stage a say a few words.  I took all the nuns with me.  This one little, old nun paid me probably the greatest compliment I ever received.

She put her arms around me and said, “I wish I could have met you before I entered the convent.”

If you have ever wanted to see me dress up as Babe Ruth, here you go:

Paul Bleise

For the past 15 years or so I have been travleing with Michael Milken on the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Home Run Challenge.  Our purpose is to support prostate cancer awareness and research towards a cure.  One in every six men are afflicted by this horrible diseaae, and we feel like with all ofyour help we can beat it.

So last week we were on the first leg of the tour and we went to a costume party that supports the PCF.  Michael dressed up as Lou Gehrig, and I dressed up as the great Babe Ruth.

You will never ever see me in anything but a Dodger uniform, but to support the PCF I wore a Yankee uniform.

Please support PCF and donate.


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The NY Times and the NYPD:

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

Right after the All-Star Game we went to New York.  We arrived at something like 4:00 o’clock in the morning.  All of a sudden a police car pulls up and the cop recognizes me.

“Hey Tommy, how ya doing?” the cop asked.  “What are you doing?”

“We just arrived and we are looking for a newspaper.”

“Get in!”

He took Steve Brener, our publicity man, and me to the dock of the New York Times.  Then he asked me if I would speak to all of the police who were going out on duty.

I told them how proud they should be to wear that uniform, and serving and protecting the people.  I told them if there is anything I hate is crooked cop, and how that should never happen.

All of a sudden four guys in a jail cell hollered at me and asked for an autograph.  The commander let me go in.

“Man I’m glad I got arrested today,” said the inmate.  Another guy asked me to sign his Rikers Island card.

I tried to tell them how to be good citizens.  The commander was amazed because I had spent 15 minutes telling the police how to represent themselves and the department with class, dignity and honor.   Then I spent a few minutes trying to help the inmates become better citizens. 

Only in New York!

Jaime Jarrin, el voz de los Dodgers:

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

When you talk about baseball there is one guy that people forget, but shouldn’t. 

Jaime Jarrin.

He is in the Hall of Fame, or as we say in Spanish el Salon de Fama.  He has broadcast Dodger games in Spanish for 53 seasons.  His longevity, style and class are the reasons he is in the Hall of Fame.

So Jaime, we all take off our hats to you, because you are the best!

Usted es el mejor en todo el mundo!  Tu eres mi amigo para todo mi vida!

My 75 prive pupils:

Here is my story that aired yesterday on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

When I managed in the minor leagues I would tell my players that when I send them to the big leagues it will be like the guy in Carnegie Hall giving a great performance.  He gets a standing ovation, and up in the balcony there a man with a tear in his eye.  It’s his father; the man who motivated him, who made him achieve his goals.

When I send you to Dodger Stadium, just remember, there’s old Tom in Albuquerque with a tear in his eye.

In the eight years I managed in the minor leagues I sent 75 players to the big leagues.   When I took over as Manager of the Dodgers 17 of the 25 players played for me in the minor leagues. 

We had a great minor league system.  We developed the players ourselves.  We didn’t have to sign free agents.  We had them right there in our minor league system ready to play at Dodger Stadium.  And when they did come to the big leagues they stayed a long time

I love telling my stories on 790 KABC @KABCStudio:

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

I was in New York to make a speech.  I have a friend in New York who owns a jewelry store named Rocco.  I’m with Rocco and I see all these police and some of the guys with the police recognize me.

“What’s going on here?” I ask.  And they tell me President Bush was in New York.

I told Rocco that if he knew I was across the street and didn’t try to get in tough with him, he would be upset.

“Get out of here,” Rocco said.  “You don’t know President Bush.”

“President Bush is a friend of mine, Rocco,” I said.

“If he really is a friend of yours I’ll bet you $200 you can’t get in that hotel to see him.”

“You’re on, Rocco.”

I called the hotel and asked if they saw any of the president’s secret service in the lobby, and they did.

“Would you mind telling one of them to tell the president that I would like to see him?”

They out me on the elevator, went up to the penthouse, walked in and shook hands with the president.  He gave me a hug and introduced me to a man named General Scowcroft.  We visited for a bit.

I went back down the elevator and over to see Rocco.  He had a check ready for me for $200, which I ripped up.

“Rocco,” I said.  “I knew I was going to win the bet.”

Yount and Brett get grilled by Ted Williams:

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

During Induction Weekend at the Hall of Fame, when the ceremony is over they have a dinner for just the hall of famers and the commissioner.  We were inducting Robin Yount and George Brett in, so I figured I’d have those two guys sit with Ted Williams at the dinner.

If you have ever been with Ted Williams you know how intimidating he can be.

So Yount and Brett are sitting with Ted, and they are scared.  Ted is asking them all kinds of questions about hitting. 

“How many times do you think the ball spins?”

“How fast is the pitchers arm?”

“How does the wind affect the pitch?”

Yount and Brett didn’t have any answers, even though they both are in the 3,000 hit club.

“You guys are dummies,” said Williams.  “But welcome to Cooperstown.”

When Ted had questions, you better have the answers or he would get all over you.

Hey Fidel, remember when we beat you in the Olympics? @USABaseball –

USA Baseball

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best Series presented by Skechers:

People ask me, and my wife even asked me, why I wanted to coach the U.S. Olympic baseball team.  I told her because we needed to beat Cuba.  They won every international tournament; nobody was able to beat them. 

I took the job specifically to beat Cuba.

People told me that I didn’t have a good team.  They told me we could not beat Cuba.

“Have they ever lost a game?” I asked. 

They said yes.

“Then they are going to lose again!”

And that’s exactly what happened.   We beat Cuba to win our country’s first, and only, Gold Medal in Olympic baseball.

We had some outstanding players on the team.  But when they reported to me they were all in the low minor leagues.  One player I liked very much was Roy Oswalt.  He is what I call a bulldog.  When he was on the mound he gave it everything he had; he was tough.  He is an outstanding competitor and I am proud to see him succeed in the Major Leagues.

You would be mad too if this happened to you:

Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:

I would tell my coach who I wanted to play and he would fill out the line-up and post it in the dugout. He would also fill out the card we gave to the umpire. Well he made a mistake and made two different line-ups.

When Dusty Baker hit the ball to make an out, Danny Ozark, who was managing the Phillies, came out and protested that he was batting out of turn.

If you know a guy is batting out of turn you shouldn’t say it unless he hurts you. If he doesn’t hurt you, let it go and continue because maybe the next time when he hurts you then you tell the umpire he batted out of order.

But Danny didn’t do that.

So after Dusty hit in Ron Cey’s spot in the line-up with the ground out, he had to hit for himself in his spot. For Ron’s spot Dusty made an out, but for his spot he hit a home run.

Ron was furious. He didn’t want to talk to Dusty for three days.