Lasorda says '13 Dodgers can end Series drought

Lasorda says '13 Dodgers can end Series drought
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Tommy Lasorda wants to celebrate come October.

The Hall of Fame manager has waited 25 years since he saw his beloved Dodgers spray the World Series champagne and host a championship parade for the city of Los Angeles.

Worse yet, Lasorda has seen the rival Giants win a pair of titles in the last three seasons.

"That's enough," the Dodgers legend proclaimed from the Rancho Cucamonga third-base dugout, where he managed a Dodgers split squad against the Quakes -- the club's Class A affiliate. "We've got to start celebrating again."

If there was ever a year, Lasorda says 2013 is the one. He's impressed with the roster, he's impressed with the coaching staff, and he's impressed with the new management.

"That didn't happen before -- to go this long [without winning a World Series]," Lasorda said. "When I managed, the first five years, we were in three World Series.

"But we've got the opportunity. We've got the players, we've got the people who purchased the club behind this ballclub. They've showed that they put their money where their mouth is. They want to win just as bad as I want to win."

The 85-year-old Lasorda was honored by the Quakes in a pregame ceremony hosted by Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael. The renovated home dugout at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter was also named in Lasorda's honor.

Lasorda's current role with the club centers on evaluating and teaching Minor Leaguers. He sees a bright future for the organization -- one he hopes includes another title soon.

"I hope it happens before the big Dodger in the sky calls me," Lasorda quipped.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for AJ Cassavell contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.