NEW YORK (WFAN) — Tommy Lasorda bleeds blue — Dodger blue.
And red, white and blue.
Lasorda, all sorts of fired up, was an in-studio guest on the “Boomer & Carton” show Thursday morning — and he was fantastic.
It was all on the table — the Steroid Era, the upcoming WBC and Lasorda’s run-ins with any mascot that got in his way.
On players participating in the World Baseball Classic: “Look, if you’re gonna pitch in spring training, why can’t you pitch for the (WBC) team? You’ve gotta pitch somewhere. So if you’re gonna get yourself in shape, you’re down there earlier before the thing begins, and you play! I don’t understand that. See, I feel a little bit different. If I could do something for my country, I’m gonna do it!”
On managing the gold-winning 2000 Olympic team: “I wanted to beat the Cubans, they said nobody could beat the Cubans. So I said, ‘I’m gonna take this job!’ So when I took the job, I met the players — 24 players, 23 I had never seen, didn’t know who they were. It took me eight days to learn their names. And my wife said, ‘Why? Why are you doing this?’ I said, ‘Because I want to bring the gold medal where it belongs in baseball, to the United States.’ ”