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Tommy Lasorda: “A-Rod ruined the game”

Jan 21, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

Baseball survived the Industrial Revolution, the Civl War, segregation, gambling and multiple world wars. It survived societal paranoia brought on by the threat of nuclear annihilation. It survived the proliferation of countless leisure alternatives including the advent of radio, cinema, television and the Internet. It survived football which, according to most, was on the verge of killing it for at least the past couple of decades. Heck, it even survived Bowie Kuhn.

Yet here’s Tommy Lasorda, telling us that it’s all over:


Welp, it’s been nice all. But according to Tommy Lasorda, baseball is ruined. Thanks, A-Rod.

  1. rbj1 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Because no one ever used PEDs in baseball before A-Rod.

    Though I think it was A-Rod’s habit of biting the head of a kitten before every at bat that really ruined the sport.

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      What we have here is a lazy ex-lawyer who read something, he didn’t bother to check and is still sticking up for a lying POS.
      Cling Clong didn’t even attend the Lasorda meeting and didn’t hear the statements and took a statement that was completely wrong and used it to defend his buddy, Rodriguez.

      Lasorda said “A-Rod is ‘trying to ruin the game!” That is a big difference from what Cling Clong spouted off on. This lazy ex-lawyer can’t take five minutes to review Lasorda’s statements on the net and what he meant by it.

      Lasorda is echoing the statements most fans are expressing that Rodriguez cheated, lied, intentionally used steroids to inflate his statistics and illegally made millions of dollars. There is no one here that will deny Lasorda’s claims except, Cling Clong.
      NBC sports now has its version of that infamous Al (never let the truth get in the way of the facts) Sharpton.

      As Cling Clong has to be controversial, lie, cheat, and publish incorrect material, in order to get ratings, it doesn’t matter that his entire written statement, based on the nonfactual statement is rubbish.

      When I saw the lead in to the Lasorda comment, I hoped it would not have Cling Clong’s or Ding Dong’s byline. Just imagine if Ding Dong actually took the five minutes to read Lasorda’s real statements and actually made a column based upon the truth

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Really? I thought it was those uni’s with shorts the White Sox had that one season.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    How quickly we all forgot about Marge Schott. A-Rod’s got nothing on her.

    I know it’s in vogue for people to crap on Alex, but seriously, let’s put things into some perspective here. Alex isn’t even the best player to use steroids…

  4. hep3 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The first two people in baseball that need to go are A-Rod and Lasorda; not necessarily in that order. Lasorda’s act is really tired.

  5. elvin2014 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM


    I think that Bud Selig RUINED the game….

  6. asimonetti88 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Saying “Thanks A-Rod” is the new “Thanks Obama”

    • peymax1693 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Because . . . Benghazi!

  7. elvin2014 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Alex Rodriguez is FIGHTING for his life and honor….

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM


      • 4d3fect - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Your Klingon has a slight Romulan accent.

        Tread carefully my friend.

    • cmtill14 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      Wait…A Rod had honor? I knew he had Madonna…but honor?

  8. chacochicken - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Tommy meant their game of Risk. Just as he gets Arod pinned down in Asia with all that territory to defend the game ruiner flips the table over.

  9. NYTolstoy - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Well baseball survived Ty Cobb stabbing a black bell boy for trying to shake his hand. I’m sure it can survive this.

    • djpostl - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      He also attacked a dude who was missing one hand and 3 fingers off the other hand who was heckling him, slapped an African-American bell boy for being “uppity” and then stabbed another African-American who tried to calm the situation down… true class act.

      • agelardi - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Yeah but Ty didn’t do it on PED’s.

      • peymax1693 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Ah, Tyrus Raymond Cobb, a shining example of the kind of integrity and high moral fiber that the Hall of Fame demands of its members.

  10. NYTolstoy - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Well baseball survived Ty Cobb stabbing a black bell boy for trying to shake his hand. I’m sure it can survive this.

  11. historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Wait, is this the Slim Fast PED shill Tommy Lasorda?

  12. NYTolstoy - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Well baseball survived Ty Cobb stabbing that black bell boy for trying to shake his hand I’m sure baseball can endure this as well right Lasorda?

    • NYTolstoy - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Damn you phone it said error couldn’t post then it posted both??? Damn it all!

  13. vanmorrissey - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Yea, well tell Clayton Kershaw how much of a ruin is the game is that’s paying him over $200M.

  14. yordo - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Sometimes I feel like Craig and I are the only ones left in A-Rod’s camp. Anyone else still loyal to the centaur?

    • pjmarn6 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      yordo Glad you are sticking up for Ding Dong, he has been trying to distance himself from all his previous pro-Rodriguez comments. The one thing you can be 100% certain about a lawyer or ex-Lawyer is that they will say whatever will get their name in print. Just be sure to get it spelled correctly.

  15. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    If only A-Rod could have been more like Frank McCourt MLB would be so much better. What a crock from Lasdorda. I realize it’s in season to pile on but lets get real, A-Rod is hardly the worse thing to happen to baseball over the years.

  16. Jonestein - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Wow, all this time I thought I was enjoying baseball, only to find out it’s ruined. Better burn my season tix when they show up in the mail. Thanks for the heads-up, Tommy.

  17. bigleagues - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Sorry not gonna let the Tommy-haters go unchecked here.

    Lasorda is a baseball lifer. He has eat, breathed and slept baseball virtually all of his natural born life, and is a Hall-of-Famer.

    He is also about 186 years old. Tommy has seen everyone from Williams to Cabrera and up close.

    And here along comes the living embodiment of “The Natural” …Alex Rodriquez. He’s young, exciting, powerful, athletic, good looking and was arguably the best baseball player on the planet before he reached the legal drinking age. He was the golden child. He was the Trout/Harper of the day. He was to break all teh records, thus restoring order to the universe and be THE Living Legend of Baseball…

    And then…. Rangers contract, playoff choking, Varitek, beta boy status to Jeter, and you know the rest.

    Thus, I think from Tommy’s perspective… though imprecise in the way he said it… what he’s really saying is… ARod shoulda been a revered icon of the sport, but, instead became an infamous symbol of excess, greed and corruption that has existed in the sport to varying degrees.

    • clemente2 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Except he did not say that, and if you know anything about Lasorda beyond the resume summary you provided, what he said was about 100 times lighter than he was really thinking.

      Lasorda was, is, and always will be a buffoon. It diminishes your intelligence to hear or consider his comments, and reflects poorly on you to give such comments any approval or interpretation.

      Lasorda is an inadvertant IQ test.

    • Cris E - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Lots of lifers in the game don’t sound like this. Millions of people love the game and don’t sound like this. And if you want to increase the expectations on famous baseball people then I want to come down on Lasorda’s head double-twice for consistently being ignorant, bigoted or alarmist any time anything happens. He’s been around forever, on the field and in the front office, and he should know this isn’t the end of anything. Half the reason media types continue to say baseball is dying is because they’re repeating what they hear from Chicken Littles like Lasorda.

  18. 6ball - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    In some respects Lasorda is on point. You simply cannot trust anyone. Even if you pass the required tests, you’re still under suspicion.


  19. disgracedfury - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    This game will survive all this craziness and it’s funny how Losorda doesn’t understand MLB,Selig,Owners and the players association are the real reason this game is a mess.Greed from A-Rod and MLB is what happened and now A-Rod is the scape goat.

  20. tfbuckfutter - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    “And Lasorda ruined me.”

    -Lasorda’s pants

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      old man poop his pants joke? not funny.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        When you put it that way, I beg to differ.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Maybe it was a fat joke.

  21. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    History’s Greatest Victim

  22. bigleagues - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Mark my words…

    In the next 5-10 years, someone will publish a book attempting to scapegoat A-Rod with a conspiracy that features the finger pointing squarely back to Selig who conspired with the Rangers to bring A-Rod down so the Rangers could get out from that albatross of a contract. Then, naturally because Selig’s hate for ARod is exceeded only by his contempt for the Yankees excesses, the “Commissioner” ensured that (like a perfectly shot photon down the ventilation shaft) A-Rod land squarely in the Bronx in order to crumble the Evil Empire.

    The conclusion of the book will make even less sense than the conspiracy. But it WILL happen.

    And the author will be Tommy’s great grandson.

  23. stevem7 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Is this the same Tommy Lasorda that mentored and nurtured the ever famous Steve “I’ve been suspended 8 times” Howe? I think Tommy should put down the ROCKS at that glass house he lives in.

  24. ducksk - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Tom who?

  25. dinofrank60 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    When anything controversial in baseball occurs, why do these guys cry about the sport being ruined? Is baseball that fragile?

    • fpstratton - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Yes, it is. Its audience is aging because the sport doesn’t have the cultural significance now that it did when I was a kid (the 1970’s).

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Baseball has been crying ruin for longer than that. They were crying that when Robinson and Doby joined the majors. They were crying that when the sport decided to televise games.They get upset when somebody doesn’t play the “right way”. Every big decision that somebody doesn’t like, any play or action that deviates from the status quo ,that worry gets trotted out.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        What do you do with an aging audience?

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