Friday is a big day for the Dodgers. It’s the first time that they will welcome fans since the 2019 NLDS. It’s also the day that they will get their World Series ring and be honored at Chavez Ravine for their 2020 run.
But it’s also the first time in a VERY long time that they will start the season without Tommy Lasorda in the stands. The long-time Dodgers hall of fame manager passed away in January after a lengthy battle with a heart issue.
While the Dodgers do have a celebration of Lasroda’s life planned prior to Saturday’s game, he will also be part of Friday’s. Max Muncy was rumored to be wearing special cleats for Friday at the home opener, and we got our first look.
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The Dodgers infielder will be wearing cleats to honor Tommy. They come complete with a picture of Tommy himself as well as his number 2 on the back. There are also a few of his most well-known phrases and sayings across the front of the cleats, as well as his signature.
Lasorda was a part of the Dodgers organization for a combined 71 seasons. That means he has been with the club through almost every major event in the organization’s history. It’s only fitting that he is there with them in spirit to celebrate the 2020 World Series win.
Tommy won two World Series as the Dodgers’ manager and took home the Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics managing Team USA in 2000.