Los Angeles is buzzing with excitement as the Dodgers head to Atlanta today to gear up for the postseason face-off with the Atlanta Braves this week.
Joining the team on the road as always is legendary former Dodgers manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. This morning, Tommy called in to The K-EARTH 101 Morning show to give some insight into the kickoff of the Dodgers postseason this week.
On whether he or the team is worried about going into the playoffs without star players Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier behind them, he responded in true Lasorda fashion and gave us a taste of the kind of pep talks he gives the boys in blue.
“Let me tell you something, if one team depends on one guy or they can’t win, then they’re not a good team,” he said. “When I managed the Dodgers and they suspended my closer for having pine tar in his glove for three games, I had a meeting with the guys, I said ‘what are you going to do? We going to let this guy determine the fate of us? We’re going to win with or without him!’ and that’s what they have to feel right now.”
Tommy told us that he still gives his famous pep talks to the guys “once in a while” when he sees a player struggling.
“When I see some guy struggling…I always take them aside and talk to him, because…they know me, they respect me, and they listen to me,” he said.
After the Dodgers clinched the NL West title against the Arizona Diamondbacks last month, the team created some controversy when some of the players decided to take a victory dip in the Diamondback’s pool. On what he thinks of this controversy, Tommy casually brushed the incident off.
“You know, there are bigger things for us to worry about in this world right now than a swimming pool…that’s the way I look at,” he said.
Having won two World Series championships with the Dodgers in 1981 and 1988, Tommy recalled a speech he gave at the beginning of the ’88 season when he predicted the team’s win.
“In 1988, I spoke in front of the city hall and I said ‘buy your tickets now, because in October, we’re all going to be dancing in the streets winning the world championship’ and we did,” he recalled.
So as the Dodgers head to Atlanta for their first playoff game against the Braves tomorrow (Oct. 3rd), we asked Tommy if fans can look forward to dancing in the streets once again.
“I’ve got a good feeling about this team. I can feel it in my bones,” said Tommy. “Yeah, I’ll dance again.”
Listen to our complete talk with Tommy Lasorda in the clip below.