Lasorda Q-and-A Part I: When’s the Lasorda Restaurant going into Dodger Stadium (McCourt promised)?

Tommy Lasorda gets a hug from Andre Ethier prior to the Dodgers' game against the Chicago White Sox on June 16, 2012.  Lasorda suffered a heart attack earlier at month. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tommy Lasorda gets a hug from Andre Ethier prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Chicago White Sox on June 16, 2012. Lasorda suffered a heart attack earlier at month. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

QUESTION: With all this construction done at the stadium over the last few months, they still haven’t installed a Tommy Lasorda restaurant in Dodger Stadium?

ANSWER: (Holding his finger and thumb inches apart) It’s that much short of a miracle what they’ve done to this place. How do you build that much under ground? They took tons of dirt away. It’s gotta be a new way of doing things. When they said they wanted to make all these changes to the stadium, I said, “They can’t do it.” They couldn’t increase the clubhouse. There was this huge wall next to it, and all this hillside dirt behind it. Never thinking this engineer could come up with idea. Damn it, it’s great.

I’m waiting for them to build a restaurant here. A guy comes to the park early, beats the crowd, then after the game, goes back in, has a drink or something to eat. You’d clean up. They’re going to do it. Frank McCourt said he was going to do one and name it after me.

Q: The new ownership team – would they impress you more if they put in that restaurant?
A:
They’ve been great. I knew many of them before they. They’re good people. All they want is to bring a championship to L.A., and they’ve put their money where their mouth is. They’re all good, successful people in their own right. They’ve done everything they said they were going to do. And they want to see a championship.

Q: Even if you can’t just go out and just buy one as it looks like they’re trying to do?
A: Well, they’ve told the general manager, “We’ll give you anything you want as long as you win.” That’s their attitude. They’ve lived up to it. I’m so proud of them and just hope we can win for them.

Q: Have they given you any special job title?
A: Who needs a title? I might have one (special advisor to the chairman), but I don’t need it. I just do everything they ask.

Q: Don’t you have any vacation time saved up? Why do you always have to be on the go somewhere?
A:
Vacation time? I’m a vacation every day. I love what I’m doing. I’ve never taken a vacation, so to speak. I mean, if I were to quit, I don’t know how many years of vacation time I’ve got saved up.
If you’d see my schedule, you’d know I have no time to slow down. I’ll tell you why. I think I’ve been put on this earth for something. I have right now 10 honorary doctorate degrees. That’s unbelievable. I never set foot in college. Cal Tech honored me – they named an asteroid after me. There’s only two of them up there with names. One of them is Walter Cronkite. The other is Tommy Lasorda. I’ve got a portrait in the Smithsonian. Who ever thought that would happen?

Q: And your energy comes from … where?
A: Loving what I do. My wife said, “Don’t you ever say no.” “A lot of times.” “When?” “When they’ve asked me if I’ve had enough to eat.”

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