Today has been a very tough day to be a Dodgers fan. Waking up to the news of Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda’s passing was a gut punch to say many. But getting the chance to reflect on the career of a legend through the memories of players and coaches has been something that has helped ease the pain.
There were so many former players and coaches that made an appearance on tv or radio to talk about the life of Lasorda. Even former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt issued a statement on the loss of Lasorda, made through the organization’s PR team.
Statement from former Dodger owner Frank McCourt: pic.twitter.com/0qUbFzsXzz
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 8, 2021
McCourt bought the Dodgers back in 2004 after a failed attempt to purchase the Boston Red Sox. At the time, Lasorda was appointed to Special Advisor to the Chairman where he would operate in scouting and player development, as well as acting as an ambassador for the team’s international affairs.
McCourt was forced to sell the Dodgers back in 2012 after a lengthy legal battle with the league. The sale came just a year after MLB took over day-to-day operations of the team when McCourt could not make payroll without obtaining a loan. These days, McCourt spends most of his time overseas, most recently purchasing a soccer team in France.