Dodgers: Top Three Most Beloved Dodgers of All-Time
Number 2: Tommy Lasorda
Lasorda bleeds Dodger blue. If you don’t believe me, just ask him. He loves the Dodgers more than we love him. That says a whole lot considering how much we do love our Tommy. The reason fans love him so much is for that very reason. They know just how much he loves the team and how he always did whatever it took to help the boys in blue win.
As a player, Lasorda did not make an impact on the Dodgers fan base. They were indifferent to him. After all, it is hard to love a player who made a grand total of 8 appearances in 2 seasons. In those 8 appearances, Lasorda was unimpressive. He had just 9 strikeouts and 11 walks to go along with his 7.62 ERA. Luckily he made the transition into becoming a manager.
As a manager, all he did was win 1599 games, 4 NL pennants, and 2 World Series titles. Once again this tracks back to that 1988 moment. Tommy was already loved by the fans, but his decision to let Kirk Gibson hit in the bottom of the 9th with one good leg only widened that love. He took risks and was just trying to win.
Tommy Lasorda is one of the greatest personalities in Dodger history. Fans understood and respected just how much he was willing to do for the team to win a game. That respect turned into admiration and love. Nowadays when Lasorda is shown on the jumbotron, he gets the loudest cheer at the stadium. Fans in the past loved Tommy and that will not change.