Tommy Lasorda

When Delien and I moved to America in 1988, I started to watch American sports on TV, and soon found that I liked baseball the best of what was on offer. Baseball had so many characters and stories about these ‘great heroes’ of the game that I came to love and followed.


The team that I followed was the Chicago Cubs, which was an east coast team and with us living in Oregon the closest teams to being home teams were the Seattle Mariners in Washington and of course the California teams of which the Los Angeles Dodgers were the one that stood out for most. The reason for this was of course the shenanigans of the manager, Tommy Lasorda. I share one of the stories of this great character with you.


A big game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was scheduled for a certain Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. That morning, Tommy, a devout Catholic, went to Mass. As he settled down in his pew, the Cincinnati Reds manager came into the church and sat in the same pew. The two men eyed each other, but neither spoke.


When Mass ended, as they walked out in silence, Tommy got a bit nervous when he saw the Reds manager pause to light a candle. “I figured that gave his team an edge over ours,” Tommy said. “So, I walked back to the front of the church and came down the aisle again, and when I saw he was gone, I went over and blew out the candle!”


Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 


Love in my Master’s Name;


Fr Des Smit