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Friday, March 02, 2012

Tommy Lasorda’s World: If you love the @Dodgers you have to love Joe Amalfitano

As we used to say in the backroom…“A pal is a pal is a pal is Apalachin Meeting”.

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Joe embodies the Dodger way.  He is class on and off the field.  He loves the game of baseball, and has been involved in all aspects of the game.  He was a player for the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs.  He was Leo Durocher’s bench coach, also coaching for the Padres and Cubs.  He became Manager of the Cubs for a few years before joining my staff on the Dodgers.

If you are ever in San Pedro,California you better not say anything bad about Joe.  He is the pride of San Pedro and has never forgotten his roots.  Every time we get together we laugh about old times, and all the great stories that came out of the 1988 championship season, of which he played a crucial role.

I love Joe and wish he and his family nothing but the best.  He can go around this country and stand on any street corner with his head held high and yell at the top of his lungs that Tommy Lasorda loves him, and he would be telling the truth.

Repoz Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:27 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM (#4072996)
i always used to get joe amalfitano and albert pignatello mixed up ...

:p
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4073000)
do you mean Joe Pignatano?
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: March 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4073005)
I haven't used twitter, but I find all the @'s and #'s in the middle of sentences to be annoying. Does this mean I am entering the 'get off my lawn' phase of my life?
   4. Tuque Posted: March 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4073010)
He can go around this country and stand on any street corner with his head held high and yell at the top of his lungs that Tommy Lasorda loves him, and he would be telling the truth.

Well, at least somebody can, if not your ###### son.
   5. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM (#4073020)
Wow. 4 posts is 3.5 posts longer than I'd have set the line at for that comment to appear. You're going soft, people of BTF.
   6. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: March 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4073036)
NN: I'm with you, and I'm only 29.
   7. xdog Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4073043)
29? I forget, is that old enough to shave?
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM (#4073045)

I haven't used twitter, but I find all the @'s and #'s in the middle of sentences to be annoying. Does this mean I am entering the 'get off my lawn' phase of my life?

Nate, I was born in the same year as you and I feel the same way. When I read a Tweet it's hard for me not to say "at" and "pound" in my head as I'm reading. Then again, I don't understand the point of Twitter anyway.
   9. phredbird Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4073051)
do you mean Joe Pignatano?


yeah, darn it i couldn't remember the name and pignatello came up in my bbref search.

that book is one of the funniest books i've ever read.

   10. Nasty Nate Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4073065)
How do you know what year I was born?
   11. Walt Davis Posted: March 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4073071)
He can go around this country and stand on any street corner with his head held high and yell at the top of his lungs that Tommy Lasorda loves him

I forget -- is that the 7th or 8th circle of Hell?
   12. Bob Evans Posted: March 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4073078)
I LOVE ELVIS &ANDRUS;, @ATLEE HAMMAKER, AND PRINCE ###FIELDER
   13. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: March 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4073079)
xdog: Yeah, but only on like Mondays and Thursdays. I can keep the peach fuzz unkempt in the meantime.
   14. flournoy Posted: March 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4073080)
The symbols work best if you pronounce them. So in the title, that would be, "If you love the at Dodgers..." That way it sounds as stupid as it looks.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM (#4073085)
How do you know what year I was born?

It says "Birthday: 1979" in your profile. I suppose you could be lying about your age, though.
   16. Nasty Nate Posted: March 02, 2012 at 09:01 PM (#4073099)
Ahh, forgot about that.
   17. Hack Wilson Posted: March 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4073147)
Yeah I remember Joey managing the Cubs, BUNTY JOEY. It was the only sign he knew. One out, so what, bunt. It didn't matter that it was a stupid thing to do. What was really really dumb was that no one on the Cubs knew how to bunt. My God the Cubs have had terrible managers.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 02, 2012 at 11:30 PM (#4073153)
My God the Cubs have had terrible managers.

El Tappe resembles that
   19. Screen Name Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4073324)
He is the pride of San Pedro


What about D Boon and Mike Watt?
   20. Tripon Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4073327)

Nate, I was born in the same year as you and I feel the same way. When I read a Tweet it's hard for me not to say "at" and "pound" in my head as I'm reading. Then again, I don't understand the point of Twitter anyway.


The point of twitter is that everyone can read the text you would send to your close friends. It does have a legitimate journalistic aspect to it. (Virtually all news is broken though twitter now, then quickly followed up at a website.)

But its mostly a way to have people pay attention to you.
   21. Greg K Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4073328)
Nate, I was born in the same year as you and I feel the same way. When I read a Tweet it's hard for me not to say "at" and "pound" in my head as I'm reading. Then again, I don't understand the point of Twitter anyway.

Out of curiosity what do the symbols mean?

I always kind of figured @ meant the twitter post was directed at someone. Like "@Prince Fielder: you are fat". Though I've never read a twitter thing that made any sense to me, so I'm guessing that's wrong. I don't even have a guess on the # thing.

EDIT: A-ha! I win, I only turn 29 in a couple months.
DOUBLE EDIT: I think. May 1983 makes me 28 right now, right?
   22. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4073331)
I haven't used twitter, but I find all the @'s and #'s in the middle of sentences to be annoying. Does this mean I am entering the 'get off my lawn' phase of my life?


No, it means you're a reasonable human being. It's ####### stupid, even more than Twitter itself.

I'm only 27 by the way, though sometimes I do feel like I've been in the get off my lawn phase a long time with the way I rail against the complete lack of effort towards even a semblance of proper grammar and writing on so much of the internet. It's not remotely difficult to type things out in a way that's easy to read and doesn't make you look dumb and unworthy of being listened to because your writing wouldn't pass muster in 4th grade. Thankfully on here that kind of stuff is pretty rare.
   23. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4073333)
It does have a legitimate journalistic aspect to it. (Virtually all news is broken though twitter now, then quickly followed up at a website.)


If you ask me it just encourages people to spit out everything they hear even quicker without putting much thought into it or sometimes without even verifying things. Not an advantage if you ask me, it encourages sloppiness.
   24. Tripon Posted: March 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4073337)

I always kind of figured @ meant the twitter post was directed at someone. Like "@Prince Fielder: you are fat". Though I've never read a twitter thing that made any sense to me, so I'm guessing that's wrong. I don't even have a guess on the # thing.


You're right about the @ symbol. The # or hashtags are used to help search for threads or to help identify trends.
   25. Swedish Chef Posted: March 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4073342)
Out of curiosity what do the symbols mean?

@ marks a username, that user will see the tweet if they look at their mentions.
# marks a topic, it is a convention so you can follow the discussion on something better. For example, if people mark their tweets with #mylittlepony, it saves you from knowing the names of tens of the little buggers when you want to search for such tweets.

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