LOS ANGELES, CA - SportsNet LA is the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. This Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. PT following its live coverage of the Dodger game against the Marlins, SportsNet LA will debut "Connected With…Tommy Lasorda." The half-hour program gives fans an up-close look at the early life of the Hall of Famer.
In the newest episode of SportsNet LA's signature interview series, SportsNet LA analyst and Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser sits down with the Hall of Famer for an exclusive interview. Lasorda tells his former pitcher about his childhood in Pennsylvania, his minor league days and what it took to become the Dodgers' manager.
Quote excerpts from Lasorda include:
On sneaking out of the house to play baseball as a kid: "Baseball, that's all I liked to play…I'd open up the bathroom window and shimmy down the pipe. And as soon as I'd hit the ground, boom! I'm gone! I have to run four miles to Elmwood Park. That park was later named after me."
On playing in the minor leagues: "I signed with the Phillies and I go to Spring Training. My first place was Concord, North Carolina with the North Carolina State League…I finish the season, I go home and three weeks later I'm drafted into the United States Army."
On being a coach: "I worked them to death. I made them work and work and work. I said, 'You're going to get to the big leagues.' I said, 'You're going to love me when you're in the Major Leagues.'"
On waiting to become the Dodgers' Manager: "I was coaching third base. I said, 'If I have to wait 10 years, I'll wait. I want that job. Those are my guys.'"
"Connected With…" has previously featured Dodger personalities Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Kenley Jansen, Hanley Ramirez and Brian Wilson.