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Dodgers make Tommy Lasorda honorary coach on birthday

Sep 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Getty Images

Tommy Lasorda’s 84th birthday is Thursday and the Hall of Famer will celebrate by serving as an honorary Dodgers coach against the rival Giants.

Lasorda, who managed the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he was thrilled to get the invite from current manager Don Mattingly:

I am so deeply honored and grateful that Don would ask me to do this. I loved every minute of managing during my 20 seasons with the Dodgers, and it is always outstanding to put on the Dodger uniform.

Hopefully it goes better than the time Lasorda was the NL’s third base coach during the 2001 All-Star game. Incidentally, I saw Lasorda on last night’s episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX and his 10-second appearance predictably involved a conversation about pasta. Type casting!

  1. yankeesgameday - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Giradi also asked him to catch Rivera’s 602nd instead of Posada too.

  2. yournuts - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    It would be awesome if the Dodgers were the one’s who eliminated the Giants officially that night. How sweet would that be?

  3. nategearhart - Sep 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    No uniform. Please God, no uniform….

    • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      Really. He looks like Jabba the Hutt in that photo. No wonder they pulled the Yoplait commercials.

  4. southofheaven81 - Sep 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I hate Tommy Lasorda. *punches picture*

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 20, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Happy Birthday, Tommy.

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