Tommy Lasorda is one of the most recognizable faces within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Whether he’s at Dodger Stadium on game day or Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. for Spring Training, the 87 year old always makes his presence felt.
This spring has been no exception, though Lasorda was recently the victim of a prank at the hands of Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe and outfielder Yasiel Puig on Thursday morning during batting practice. As ESPN’s Mark Saxon explains, it began with Uribe placing baseballs on a golf cart for Lasorda and escalated from there:
Juan Uribe helped load up Lasorda’s cart with baseballs, then admonished Lasorda to give the balls away to autograph seekers. “Don’t take them home, Tommy!” Uribe yelled. “They’re for the kids.”
Then, Puig, no stranger to involving himself in antics, joined Uribe and it resulted in the key to Lasorda’s golf cart somehow going missing:
Yasiel Puig also visited Lasorda in his cart. Then, as Puig and Uribe walked away, Lasorda yelled, “Hey! Who’s got my key?”
Uribe was responsible for the key-jacking and after all the jokes at Lasorda’s expense, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, bench coach Tim Wallach and Howie Kendrick needed to give the former manager a helping hand as the battery died:
Then the battery died and Don Mattingly, Tim Wallach and Howie Kendrick had to push it off the infield pic.twitter.com/SliOE4juX3
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) March 26, 2015
During his time visiting the Dodgers at Spring Training, Lasorda makes the rounds to speak with players in camp and regular signs autographs, which he also does at Dodger Stadium.
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