Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda leaves ICU in first step towards recovery
By Adam Weinrib
Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda has left the ICU, but remains in the hospital.
Dodgers icon Tommy Lasorda’s fight is far from over, but the 93-year-old manager took a large step forward in his recovery Tuesday morning.
Three weeks after entering the ICU with an unspecified issue believed to be heart-related, Lasorda remains under the watchful eye of his team of doctors, but was officially released from intensive care.
Though the specifics of his current condition were not disclosed to the general public when he first entered the hospital, Lasorda retired from the game of baseball after suffering a heart attack in 1996, and was known to have suffered one in 2012, too.
According to KTLA, Lasorda was in attendance on Oct. 27 in Texas when the Dodgers took home their first World Series title since Tommy’s boys got the job done in 1988, led by Kirk Gibson’s momentum swinging Game 1 home run.
Lasorda entered the hospital on Nov. 8, just over a week later, though the Dodgers kept the news mum until the following week when he was reportedly transferred to the ICU.
The news of Lasorda’s step forward came from the Dodgers’ PR staff on Tuesday — clearly, they’re perfectly willing to share good news the second it’s available. We welcome their discretion.
A Hall of Famer from the second he put on the Dodger blue home uniform (the color of his blood, he’d tell you), Lasorda piloted Los Angeles to a pair of World Series titles in 1981 and 1988, as well as appearances in 1977 and 1978, reigniting the franchise’s rivalry with the Yankees.
He’s spent 71 years in the Dodgers organization, and is the oldest living Hall of Famer, despite his robust 0-4 career record on the mound. If Lasorda were writing this article, he’d probably have made a similar joke.
Continued best wishes to one of the greatest this game (and city) has ever known.