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Thursday, March 07, 2013

MLB: Lasorda helps light way for Classic in New York

Harrison Carter MacWhite just turned white.

“The United States, we’ve got to win it,” Lasorda said. “The Japanese have won it the last two times. We cannot allow that. We must win it. We’ve got the greatest baseball players in the world right here in the United States, and we should never let anybody beat us in baseball.

“Let’s hope the games will be played well, but let’s hope the United States will come out victorious in this one. It’s due. Just like the Dodgers are due. Twenty-five years since the Dodgers were in the World Series. That’s not right. Year after year, the Dodgers performed in many, many World Series.

“I think all of our people in this country should pull for the United States,” he added.

...Lasorda said the removal of baseball and softball from the Olympic program “was a terrible, terrible mistake.” Those two diamond sports are among many events that will be considered for the 2020 Summer Games, but it will be a long and uphill battle to convince the International Olympic Committee to bring either of them back.

“The Commissioner saw what happened, he said let’s have it every few years within ourselves,” Lasorda said. “So this World Baseball Classic is growing each time, and since its infancy, more countries are playing baseball now than ever played before.

“[The lighting ceremony] tells you about our country, and other countries that are up here today. ... This is great. It’s great for baseball. It’s great for the country. Because America’s the greatest country in the world, for me, and people come from all over to live in this country. They all want to live here, because America’s the greatest. So we’ve got to pull for our American team in this tournament. We’ve got to get them to win.”

Repoz Posted: March 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, history, wbc

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   1. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: March 07, 2013 at 09:32 PM (#4383478)
If you're not watching, you're missing out. Easily the best baseball outside of a pennant race or the postseason.
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 08, 2013 at 04:57 AM (#4383794)
I've rooted for Japan the last two WBC, and will be rooting for them again this time. Making Tommy LaSorda unhappy is just the icing on the cake.
   3. Greg K Posted: March 08, 2013 at 05:20 AM (#4383796)
It's looked like some crazy games, and almost all of them tight. Though I haven't actually watched any yet. I'm going to watch Canada-USA on Sunday night at a friend's place, which, God-willing, will be a meaningless game at that point.
   4. RollingWave Posted: March 08, 2013 at 07:23 AM (#4383806)
Nice to see him put in the Dodgers in there...

As for Olympics baseball, is it possible to apply for the Winters games instead? the big issue with it was that it clearly overlapped with the MLB season
   5. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 08, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4383931)
If you're not watching, you're missing out. Easily the best baseball outside of a pennant race or the postseason.

This.

Making Tommy LaSorda unhappy is just the icing on the cake.

How does Lasorda being unhappy affect your life in the slightest?

As for Olympics baseball, is it possible to apply for the Winters games instead? the big issue with it was that it clearly overlapped with the MLB season

I've actually suggested this previously, but it wouldn't work: only games that involve snow and/or ice are allowed in the Winter Olympics. (My idea was the hold the baseball tournament in the winter at a dome or a warm-weather spot.)
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 08, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4384065)
How does Lasorda being unhappy affect your life in the slightest?


I'm a Reds fan; have been since 1970. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the Dodgers were the Reds biggest rival, and Lasorda's constant proclamations about how he bled Dodger blue, and wouldn't let his family wear any red-colored clothes really annoyed me. I generally don't take offense at sports figures because of their laundry, but Lasorda was so over-the-top and obnoxious (and to me, insincere) about it that it gave me a lifelong, virulent dislike of the man. He's the one sports figure that I find the most objectionable, just based on his outward personality. I don't wish him any physical calamity or great mental anguish, but if he could be a little unhappy over a sports result, yes, that would make me happy.

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