If you love the @Dodgers you have to love Joe Amalfitano

Tommy Lasorda, Joe Amalfitano

What a true joy it was this morning when I pulled into Camelback Ranch and was greeted by the great Joe Amalfitano.  Joe was my third base coach from 1983 until I retired from managing in 1996.  However, he was, and still is, one of my best friend and closest confidants. 

Joe embodies the Dodger way.  He is class on and off the field.  He loves the game of baseball, and has been involved in all aspects of the game.  He was a player for the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs.  He was Leo Durocher’s bench coach, also coaching for the Padres and Cubs.  He became Manager of the Cubs for a few years before joining my staff on the Dodgers.

If you are ever inSan Pedro,Californiayou better not say anything bad about Joe.  He is the pride of San Pedro and has never forgotten his roots.  Every time we get together we laugh about old times, and all the great stories that came out of the 1988 championship season, of which he played a crucial role.

I love Joe and wish he and his family nothing but the best.  He can go around this country and stand on any street corner with his head held high and yell at the top of his lungs that Tommy Lasorda loves him, and he would be telling the truth.

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