Baseball and Dodgers nation lost a true icon in the game on Thursday night. Thomas Charles “Tommy” Lasorda was one of the game’s loudest voices and biggest characters throughout his near 76 years in and around it.
As we mourn in the wake of the loss of a legend, some of the many great stories from the people he touched around the world are being shared. Perhaps none bigger right off the bat than the only other Dodger that can carry the same legendary status as Tommy. Hall of Famer Vin Scully shared his thoughts on the passing of Lasorda in a statement released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
There are two things about Tommy I will always remember. The first is his boundless enthusiasm. Tommy would get up in the morning full of beans and maintain that as long as he was with anybody else. The other was his determination He was a fellow with limited ability and he pushed himself to be a very good Triple-A pitcher. He never quite had that something extra that makes a major leaguer, but it wasn’t because he didn’t try. Those are some of the things: his competitive spirit, his determination, and above all, this boundless energy and self-belief. His heart was bigger than his talent and there were no foul lines for his enthusiasm.
It has been a painful time for Mr. Scully who last week lost his wife Sandi after a long battle with ALS. So his words mean even more during a time like this.
Beyond Vin, many baseball legends and dignitaries shared their thoughts on and memories of Tommy. This morning on MLB Network, current manager Dave Roberts was asked about the great Lasorda.
"Win or lose, he bled Dodger blue. Just continue to share that passion and let his legacy live on forever, man."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) January 8, 2021
A sentiment shared by many who have reacted to the news, it’s important to note the easing feeling of knowing that Tommy saw the last championship. In fact, he was with the organization for every championship.
Dodgers part-owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson — an LA icon in his own right — addressed all of Dodger nation in his thoughts and words on Tommy.
I will miss our conversations about the Dodgers & the Lakers. He meant the world to the Dodgers organization, MLB, and to the city of Los Angeles. He will always be known to Dodger Nation as “Mr. Dodger.” Cookie and I are praying for the entire Lasorda family. May he RIP.?? pic.twitter.com/fu8OIwqSWo
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 8, 2021
I will miss our conversations about the Dodgers and the Lakers. He meant the world to the Dodgers organization, MLB, and to the city of Los Angeles. He will always be known to Dodger Nation as “Mr. Dodger.” Cookie and I are praying for the entire Lasorda family. May he RIP.
Former LA general manager and long-time friend Fred Claire also shared thoughts on Tommy.
The world of baseball has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and I have lost a dear friend with the passing of Tommy Lasorda. My heart and prayers go out to Jo and Tommy’s family and friends throughout the world. No one represented the spirit of the Dodgers more than Tommy. pic.twitter.com/WnE465dYYh
— Fred Claire (@Fred_Claire) January 8, 2021
Olivia Garvey, daughter of Dodgers legend Steve Garvey shared the words of her father in a post that are as good a place as any to wrap here.
…You got the greatest call up.
Tommy Lasorda is off with the big Dodger in the sky. Thank you for two championships, countless memories, and everything you ever did for the great game of baseball.