Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tommy Lasorda, You Bastard
"I can say this, honestly and truly. If I had a son, I would be sure to send him to play for this guy," Lasorda said. "Because he loves what he's doing, and he's just not interested on what the players do on the baseball field; he's just as interested in what they do in the classrooms."Well, Tommy, you did have a son -- Tommy, Jr., remember him? -- but now that he's died of AIDS, I guess he never existed. Every fifth time I read about the man, I find something else despicable about him. (Hat tip: BTF.)
And, read this, too.
Update 2/9: ... aaand thanks to Repoz for the linky in the comments.
Now, you probably know more about his relationship with his late son than I do, but on first read, I wouldn't have interpreted that literally.
Tommy was in such denial about his son's passing (and the LA TIMES was complicit in this, listing the young single art gallerist's passing as "from pneumonia" in the obit).
The family asked for donations to go to a baseball charity and left it at that - and now he is forgotten.
The whole thing reeked of media chums looking the other way for a buddy - the TOTAL opposite of how they treat McCourt by the way.
No mention of HIV/AIDS, but the 8/23 profile is all about a father's grief.
Belated coverage ('93 & '97) mentions Lasorda Jr's death from AIDS
Besides, losing your son to AIDS is an extremely personal matter and if he doesn't want the media poking around in such business, that's his prerogative.
Talk about looking for a nit to pick. Any excuse to spew negativity.
More to the point, he described his hazing ritual when he joined the Dodgers. He was told "Skip's gotta see you," whereupon he was taken to the bathroom, where he was presented---face-to-face---with Tommy Lasorda, on the (ahem) "throne."
Isn't it interesting that, given the association of gay men with (for lack of a better term) anal fetishes, that Mr Lasorda would choose THIS of all things to welcome rookies to the team?
Or, as someone once said, isn't this a wonderful planet that we live on!!!
The article was written fifteen years ago. Lasorda hated that the article was written and hated Richmond for writing it. But the article unquestionably honored both father and son. It remains one of the best pieces of sportswriting I have ever read.
I have a great deal of respect for Rob. My respect for Lasorda is nowhere near what I have for Walter Alston. But I unless Lasorda's personality has changed *dramatically* since the GQ article, I don't doubt he thinks about Tommy Jr. every day and I don't believe it's accurate to use the quote as evidence that he disowned his son.
From many credible reports, Lasorda is a foul-mouthed, small-minded, mean and vindictive man. In short, an all-too typical jock product of his times. I did not know the story about his son and about Glenn Burke, but I'm not surprised that Lasorda had problems there.