August 1, 2014

Tommy’s Back in the Saddle, Baby!

So I’m not sure if Spring Training games count in the record books, but with Tommy returning to the dugout to take the reins of the stateside Dodgers for eight games while Joe takes a small traveling team to China next month, it technically makes 80 year-old Tommy the second oldest manager ever in the majors to Connie Mack.

Personally, I can’t wait to see how Ethier, Kemp, LaRoche, Loney and Martin react the first time the fire in Lasorda’s belly kicks in and he charges the umpires arguing a call.  Hopefully he won’t have any flashbacks to his first group of kids (Lopes, Garvey, Cey and Russell) who stayed together as starters for a record eight seasons.

You just know Tommy’s going to be treating these eight games like it’s an extended version of the World Series.  He’s going to be busting out all of his great motivational speeches, and getting the team to play harder than they ever would under normal Spring Training circumstances.  I can’t wait.

Celebrity Dodger Fans: From Frank Sinatra to Alyssa Milano

 

Back in the day, Tommy Lasorda’s clubhouse office was well known as the place where celebrities and athletes rubbed elbows. The office walls were covered with shots of Tommy with his pals, and it certainly wasn’t uncommon to see Frank Sinatra in the Clubhouse before a game.

Today, one of the biggest celebrity fans of the Dodgers is season ticket holder and actress Alyssa Milano. Now I know what you’re thinking, but Alyssa really is passionate about her team, and has a blog to prove it (well, I guess having a blog doesn’t prove anything, but her content does). Check it out here. She also did some post-season work with TBS’ “Hot Corner” broadband service and has launched her own clothing line for female baseball fans…and I’m certainly not against having more ladies out at the ballpark!

I’m sure Alyssa’s blog will kick into high gear once Spring Training and the regular season start, and recommend checking it out. Unlike Frank, she’s got an interesting take on the Dodgers, and at DodgerFan.net, we’re all about supporting great blogs and points of view.

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Vin Scully and Dodger MVPs Ride on Rose Parade Float Commemorating 50 Years in L.A.

Steve Garvey at the Rose BowlDodger players of past and present, along with veteran Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully, kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers heading to Los Angeles by riding on the Dodgers’ first ever Rose Parade Float. 

Key Dodger greats on the float included famed pitcher Fernando Valenzuela and first basemen Steve Garvey and Erric Karros.  Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was also in attendance and said, “This is the daddy of them all.”

Said Garvey, “This is back to our youth…to be on a float in the greatest parade in the world and representing the Dodgers — it’s just going to be a great morning and a great day.

“You have great former players and, of course, the great voice of Vin Scully, great managers and the young players — it really is a generational float that will touch everybody’s heart. I was a bat boy at the age of 6 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and today I’ll be standing next to Carl Erskine, so it’s going to be very sentimental. And to look at Tommy Lasorda and to look at Vin and to look at the future in players like James Loney, it’s going to be fun, fun for the crowd too.”

Garvey, coincidendally, went to the Rose Bowl game featuring USC and Illinois and sat several rows behind Dodgerfan.net contributor Alex Volk who happened to snap a picture of the legend exclusively for Dodgerfan.net!