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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tommy Lasorda Stars in Set ONTario Free TV Commercial

I’m Tommy. Fry me…something, anything.

A television commercial featuring baseball icon Tommy Lasorda urging the return of the Ontario International Airport to local control was previewed Wednesday night for more than 800 guests attending Ontario’s 2012 State of the City.

...Titled “The Moment of Truth,” the commercial builds a powerful connection between sports management decision-making and the critical need for transition of Ontario Airport to local control.

“Right now is one of those ‘moments of truth’ for Ontario International Airport,” Lasorda says. “Getting back local control will restore Ontario International Airport as the #1 economic engine for the Inland Empire… “

Repoz Posted: March 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. frannyzoo Posted: March 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4086494)
Tommy, your "moment of truth" was supporting your son in his honesty of sexual preference and time of need. And you performed like an utter cretin. Full stop. #### You, #######.
   2. Ebessan Posted: March 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4086496)
Are there any American MSAs worse than Ontario/Riverside/San Bernardino?
   3. BillWallace Posted: March 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM (#4086509)
I traveled through Ontario Airport about 24 times over the last year. As airports go it seems to be above average. It's often not crowded at all and extremely easy to get through. I assume this is just a money or power struggle.
   4. danup Posted: March 22, 2012 at 01:22 AM (#4086521)
Hey, anybody know how Tommy Lasorda's relationship with his son was?
   5. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM (#4086524)
Hey, anybody know how Tommy Lasorda's relationship with his son was?
Among men of his era and background, his reaction was not unheard of, unfortunately.
   6. Andere Richtingen Posted: March 22, 2012 at 07:56 AM (#4086545)
I traveled through Ontario Airport about 24 times over the last year. As airports go it seems to be above average. It's often not crowded at all and extremely easy to get through. I assume this is just a money or power struggle.

The reason it's uncrowded is that it's underutilized -- that's the crux of the matter here.

I would love to fly into Ontario (or Santa Ana, or Long Beach, or even Burbank) over LAX when I visit LA, and ten years ago I usually did. Now it is almost always completely unfeasible to do so. I'm not saying this is a good thing or a bad thing; I am not informed enough to say whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for the LA metro area. All I know is that LAX is horrible on practically every count.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:02 AM (#4086566)
Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten TSA agents.
   8. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:10 AM (#4086569)
Hey now, you shouldn't be implying that TSA agents are a bunch of dogs. That's not cool. I like dogs.
   9. UCCF Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4086582)
This isn't about Canada? That makes a lot more sense.
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: March 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4086620)
Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten ounces of toothpaste in a clear plastic bag.
   11. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4086627)
Tommy, your "moment of truth" was supporting your son in his honesty of sexual preference and time of need.

Let it go. Really. You'll feel better.
   12. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: March 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4086642)
Tommy, your "moment of truth" was supporting your son in his honesty of sexual preference and time of need. And you performed like an utter cretin. Full stop. #### You, #######.


No, #### you. People are ####### complicated. Lasorda is not a cretin. By all accounts, he maintained a close relationship with his son to his death. By all accounts, his son understood and forgave his father's denial of his homosexuality/AIDS. No one disputes that Lasorda deeply loved his son and grieved his loss. You can spend 5 minutes on google and find newspaper articles from the early 90's describing how Lasorda responded to the loss. They're heart-wrenching.

Just because Lasorda didn't seize the opportunity to become a gay-rights activist doesn't make him an animal. It makes YOU a ####### idiot cretin for not understanding complexity and context. Lasorda's denial is obviously ###### up. But #### is complicated. Lasorda is a lifelong jock catholic guy from a different generation. And he had to deal with, e.g., Glenn ####### Burke quasi-openly dating his kid - that's ###### up enough if the guy dates the bosses daughter, but add in the gay angle, in a 1980's sports lockerroom? And yet, Lasorda still had his son hang around, brought him to spring training, etc. Took care of his son as he was dying.

20 years Lasorda has gotten slagged for this ####. Enough is enough. He wasn't - and is not - a monster. If Spunky ######' Lasorda understood his father, why can't intolerant ##### like you?
   13. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4086702)
"Also, they have some really great magazines at airports, and you don't even have to pay for them!"
   14. frannyzoo Posted: March 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM (#4086718)
'zop: We're going to have to disagree on this one, but your point is taken. Btw, I can't figure out the last #####...I'll roll around possibilities.

And I'll admit it...I've never liked Lasorda for a ton of other reasons, not limited to the fact that he's a Dodger. Cretinous and biased, perhaps, on my part, but people are complicated.
   15. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4086721)
I met Lasorda at a summer baseball camp when I was 8 years old. He was very nice to me. Case closed.
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4086724)
#6, why is flying into Ontario unfeasible?

All I remember is one time I was flying somewhere from LAX, and it was much cheaper for me to take a connecting flight through...Ontario. I could have saved at least an hour of travel time each way if they would have just let me book that flight and skip the LA leg, but if you don't get on the plane for the first leg of the trip, they void your entire ticket.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: March 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4086731)
I couldn't stand the self-promoting jackass before he loved his dead gay son, which makes all of this back-and-forth much less meaningful to me.
   18. Shredder Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4086859)
#6, why is flying into Ontario unfeasible?
It can be difficult to get direct flights into the surrounding airports unless you're starting from somewhere west of the Rockies. From where David's traveling, that probably means making two connections, which I'm guessing probably isn't worth it. And if there is a direct flight, it's probably the only one that day. I'm lucky in that there's a Jet Blue flight from Chicago to Long Beach non-stop, so I almost always take that flight, but there's only one per day in either direction, so if the weather is bad, I'm screwed. Also, if you want to take a red eye, it almost has to be out of LAX.
it was much cheaper for me to take a connecting flight through...Ontario.
This seems very strange to me. Not that I think you aren't telling the truth, but I'm surprised there are even flights from LA to Ontario. It would have to be a pretty small airline. Checking American, it doesn't look like they have any of those flights. I'd be surprised to hear of a major airline doing anything shorter than LA to San Diego.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4086877)
This seems very strange to me. Not that I think you aren't telling the truth, but I'm surprised there are even flights from LA to Ontario. It would have to be a pretty small airline. Checking American, it doesn't look like they have any of those flights. I'd be surprised to hear of a major airline doing anything shorter than LA to San Diego.

Since you mentioned it, I checked Google maps, and it appears Ontario is approx. 35 mi. for the center of LA.

Why would any airline ever fly that? It can literally never be faster to fly unless every single surface street in between is gridlocked.
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4086880)
This seems very strange to me. Not that I think you aren't telling the truth, but I'm surprised there are even flights from LA to Ontario. It would have to be a pretty small airline. Checking American, it doesn't look like they have any of those flights. I'd be surprised to hear of a major airline doing anything shorter than LA to San Diego.

This is about 10 years ago, and I don't remember what airline it was, but I'm pretty sure it was on one of those commuter affiliates like "Continental Connection". And for the record, I'm confident I'm not making this up, since I did actually take the flight. I agree that the existence of such a flight makes no sense, and after a quick Orbitz and Kayak search it appears nobody offers one anymore.
   21. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4086905)
Yahoo suggests I change planes in Las Vegas and Phoenix if I want to fly from LAX to Ontario. It would take 7 hours and 54 minutes.

Pre- 9/11, I used to fly from Burbank to San Francisco and back once a week. I'd buy a ticket for 8 am or somewhere around there, but there were flights about every 20 minutes. I could always just move my ticket to whatever was leaving next, like catching a bus.
   22. Shredder Posted: March 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4086919)
Pre- 9/11, I used to fly from Burbank to San Francisco and back once a week. I'd buy a ticket for 8 am or somewhere around there, but there were flights about every 20 minutes. I could always just move my ticket to whatever was leaving next, like catching a bus.
Yeah, like I said, those airports are great for flights to and from places west of the Rockies. Otherwise, they're not very easy to get to. My parents are roughly equidistant from Burbank, Long Beach, Ontario, LAX, and Santa Ana, so other than the hassle factor, it's not of an issue. I'd prefer to go through Burbank or Long Beach, but unless the I'm arriving or departing at 5:00 pm or so, even LAX isn't too bad.
   23. Bob Evans Posted: March 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4087034)
OMG Repoz your link selections are LaSordid.
   24. JE (Jason) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4087045)
Remember Carmageddon? Here was jetBlue's solution.
   25. Downtown Bookie Posted: March 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4087057)
...Btw, I can't figure out the last #####....


If it helps, I believe it's ####s.

DB
   26. JE (Jason) Posted: March 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4087068)
Man, the Fins look like they're gonna be the team to beat this year.

"Hi, everybody, I'm Tommy Lasorda."

Yoo hoo, Tommy? The camera is over here.
   27. BillWallace Posted: March 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4087104)
"The reason it's uncrowded is that it's underutilized -- that's the crux of the matter here."

How will the change of control change the utilization? From what I'm picking up, you're saying you'd love to be able to fly from Chicago or New York to Ontario but it often isn't feasible. I guess that's a legitimate complaint. I was always coming from San Jose (also often uncrowded), and it was always a breeze.

It has always seemed odd to me that the airport is so uncrowded despite its convenience to millions of people compared to LAX.

I'm just curious what the hitch is that's preventing those flights from being offered if they would be profitable, and how it would be changed under local control.

Fortunately I only have to fly through there
   28. phredbird Posted: March 22, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4087169)
because of the economic slump, airlines are clustering their flight in large airports. ontario is hurting because of this.

as for the lasorda business ... i'm more in agreement with zop. i've gotten on lasorda threads before to offer some color on the lasorda father-son relationship. a guy i work with used to hang around with the younger lasorda, and he told me that from what he could see and from what he could remember from being around him, the younger lasorda had a good relationship with his father, and understood his father's pov. no doubt he wished tommy lasorda sr. had a different take on it, but he had no animus toward his father.

fwiw.

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