Let's wish a happy 90th birthday to Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda
Today, Sept. 22, 2017, marks the 90th birthday of Tommy Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Dodgers. Though he's best known for his work as a Dodgers manager and executive, he's occupied a nearly-unfathomable number of roles in baseball.
As a member of the Dodgers organization, he not only convinced the higher-ups to burn a 62nd-round Draft pick on future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, but he also developed a bit of an adversarial relationship with mascots. Whether it was getting Expos mascot Youppi! ejected for ... sitting on the dugout:
Or, beating the Phillie Phanatic with a doll crafted in his own likeness:
Lasorda has had an interesting relationship with baseball's more cartoony friends.
But, being his 90th birthday, today is a day of celebration in the Lasorda household, so let's not dwell on those troublesome mascots. We hope that Lasorda gets to spend the day as is fitting for baseball's grandpa:
And that, once again, he gets to enjoy a cake worth of the name and the man: