The Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda returned home to blue heaven on earth one last time. Almost two weeks after he passed away from heart failure, Tommy was brought to Dodger Stadium for a celebration of life that was more than fitting for him.
Lasorda was surrounded by players and friends from his storied history with the Dodgers, including iconic names like Mickey Hatcher, Mike Scioscia, and Eric Karros. The ceremony was held just before a graveside memorial service where Tommy would be laid to rest.
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The ceremony preceded a graveside memorial service. Participants in the Dodger Stadium ceremony included Keith Williams, Jr. singing the national anthem, and prayers by Sister Johnellen Turner, Sister JoAnn Ashburn and Pastor John Werhas. Michael Greenberg, Chris Leggio, Eric Karros, Mickey Hatcher and Steve Brener spoke and served as pallbearers along with Warren Lichtenstein, Bobby Valentine, Charlie Hough, Mike Scioscia and Mike Fratello.
"I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky."
Friends and family of Tommy Lasorda gathered today at Dodger Stadium to pay their respects to the Hall of Fame manager. pic.twitter.com/cD398zwZeI
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 20, 2021
The Dodgers long-time manager passed away on January 7th at the age of 93. Tommy spent over 71 years with the organization in some capacity, most notably as the manager from 1976 to 1996. He won two World Series championships, 2 NL Manager of the Year awards, and won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics coaching Team USA.
Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten had hinted before that there would be something at Dodger Stadium to honor Tommy, and rightfully so. The team does have plans for the entire season to also find ways to remember the longtime manager.
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