My players loved Charlie Leibrandt:
Here is my story that aired last night on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
In spring training something always comes up. We are playing the Cincinnati Reds in Tampa, Florida. There’s a left-handed pitcher pitching for Cincinnati by the name of Charlie Leibrandt. We couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield, and I was getting furious.
“How in the world are you guys letting this guy get you out like that!” I hollered at Reggie Smith. “Who is he, Lefty Grove?”
“Hey Skip,” he said. “Calm down. We want this guy to make the club.”
By golly he did, and when he pitched against us in the regular season our guys lit him up like a Christmas tree.