In a normal year at Spring Training, Dodgers fans would get the opportunity to see Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda around camp. Tommy was at essentially every game played during the Cactus League, which had to have been difficult at his age.
But if this past year has taught us anything, this season will be anything but normal. The Dodgers lost Tommy this past January after a lengthy battle with a heart condition. That same heart condition hospitalized Tom after he got to see his boys win one last World Series in Arlington in October.
The Dodgers will no doubt do whatever they can to honor the life and career of Lasorda throughout this season and beyond. The team is already wearing a patch with his name and number, right next to that of Don Sutton. But at Camelback Ranch, the team also set out a locker for Tommy.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 22, 2021
Tommy would normally be there talking a rookie through his first camp or giving a veteran a hard time for not showing up in shape. But the Dodgers will have to do it without Tommy now, and they will always have his memory to carry on.
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