January 9, 2021

ARCHIVES: Tommy Lasorda speaks with KCRA 3 before leading US Olympic baseball team to victory – KCRA Sacramento

ARCHIVES: Tommy Lasorda speaks with KCRA 3 before leading US Olympic baseball team to victory - KCRA Sacramento

ARCHIVES: Tommy Lasorda speaks with KCRA 3 before leading US Olympic baseball team to victory

THE TEAM, AND WHAT THE OLYMPICS MEANT TO HIM. >> H TOUGH HAS IT BEEN TO GET THESE GUYS TOGETHER QUICKLY? >> THE TOUGHEST PART WAS LEARNING THEIR NAMES. I KNOW THEM NOW, I KNOW THEIR FIRST NAMES AND I KNOW THEM EXTREMELY WELL. SIX GAMES GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEIR CAPABILITIES. >> WHAT ARE THOSE CAPABILITIES? WINNING. THEY ARE FINE YOUNG MEN, REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRY AT THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF CLASS, DIGNITY, AND CHARACTER. >> WHAT DOES THIS REPRESENT FOR YOUR CAREER? >> IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ATTRACTIONS THAT WE CAN HAVE IN SPORTS. IT BRINGS SO MANY PEOPLE TOGETHER IT IS THE COMMON DENOMINAT, FORGETTING WHATEVER POLITICAL PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE, YOU ARE ALL HERE TO WIN, CONCENTRATING ON WINNING, YOU MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND MEET NEW PEOPLE, AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU. BRIAN: TOMMY LASORDA WAS

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ARCHIVES: Tommy Lasorda speaks with KCRA 3 before leading US Olympic baseball team to victory

After Tommy Lasorda retired, he led the U.S. Olympic baseball team to a gold medal in Sydney in 2000.KCRA 3’s Deirdre Fitzpatrick was there covering the Olympics for KCRA. Before the first game, she had a chance to talk to him about what it was like training the team, and what the Olympics meant for him. Lasorda, the Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles, died on Friday. He was 93.

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After Tommy Lasorda retired, he led the U.S. Olympic baseball team to a gold medal in Sydney in 2000.

KCRA 3’s Deirdre Fitzpatrick was there covering the Olympics for KCRA. Before the first game, she had a chance to talk to him about what it was like training the team, and what the Olympics meant for him.

Lasorda, the Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles, died on Friday. He was 93.