Memories of Tommy Lasorda were alive and well during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 9-5 win over the visiting Washington Nationals.
Lasorda died three months ago at the age of 93. But the entire night was a tribute to the LA legend of a manager.
“We’re going to miss him dearly,’’ said Dodgers All-Star third baseman Justin Turner. “But we’re never going to forget Tommy Lasorda.’’
Added Dodgers great Steve Garvey: “He was bigger than life, but he understood life.’’
Longtime manager Bobby Valentine, whose playing career started with the Dodgers, said the team ca still apply some of the lessons preached by Lasorda.
“Tommy did it his way,” Valentine said. “How lucky were we to be part of his life, and to be part of the end of his baseball life. It was incredible. I still wake up sometimes thinking I’m going to give him a call. You hear people say when someone is gone, they are gone. Not me. He’ll be with me forever.”
Lasorda managed the Dodgers from 1976-96. They won the World Series twice in that span and Lasorda was named NL Manager of the Year on two occasions.
The current Dodgers have rolled to a 7-2 record and lead the NL West entering Sunday.