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Tommy Lasorda


"About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure."

"All last year we tried to teach him (Fernando Valenzuela) English, and the only word he learned was million."

"ALWAYS give an autograph when somebody asks you."

"Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts."

"Eighty percent of the people who hear them (your troubles) don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having them"

"Guys ask me, don't I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?"

"He (Darryl Strawberry) is not a dog; a dog is loyal and runs after balls."

"He (Fernando Valenzuela) wants Texas back."

"I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it."

"I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky."

"I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer."

"I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help."

"I walk into the clubhouse and it's like walking into the Mayo Clinic. We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers. Back when I broke in, we had one trainer who carried a bottle of rubbing alcohol and by the seventh inning he had drunk it all."

"Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before too long you're up in the stands with them."

"My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it."

"No, we don't cheat. And even if we did, I'd never tell you."

"People say you can't go out and eat with your players. I say why not."

"Say 'Dodgers' and people know you're talking about baseball. Say 'Braves' and they ask, 'What reservation?' Say 'Reds' and they think of communism. Say 'Padres' and they look around for a priest."

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens."

"When we win, I'm so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I'm so depressed, I eat a lot. When we're rained out, I'm so disappointed I eat a lot."

Quotations About Tommy Lasorda

"Tommy (Lasorda) will eat anything, as long as you pay for it." - Joe Torre

"Wait until Tommy (Lasorda) meets the Lord and finds out that He's wearing pinstripes." - Gaylord Perry



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