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Lasorda on Jack Johnson snub: You do not talk to the opposition

Apr 19, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda made some waves last night by snubbing Columbus’ Jack Johnson during the ceremonial faceoff prior to the Kings-Jackets game.

What’s more, the snub was intentional.

Those thinking the 85-year-old Lasorda simply forgot to acknowledge Johnson — after shaking Dustin Brown‘s hand — got clarification from Fox Sports West’s Patrick O’Neal during the game.

(FF to :40)

I have no idea if Lasorda is aware of Johnson’s history with Los Angeles but, for the sake of an awesome narrative, I’m going to pretend he does.

In a related story, the Kings beat the Jackets 2-1 last night, putting them undefeated on the year in games where Lasorda publicly disses the opposition’s alternate captain.


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  1. sjsblitz - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Excuse my french when I say this, what a dick!

    • bgrillz - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      That’s why no one likes the LA Dodgers. And worse now, seeing their payroll balloon to 265 million dollars. And it’s good for 4th place right now. Kudos!

  2. shortsxit34 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Douchebag move. Then again, I hate baseball and the idea of an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is stupid. Also, douchebag move.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Are you kidding me?! What a douche bag!

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Wait i would like to change my last comment.

    Shaun Penn’s voice in Fast Times, ” YOU DICK!”

  5. comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Nothing more fake-tough than a baseball player or manager.

    …Not even me. :)

  6. whatthepuck2012 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Fat, old, ignorant as5hole.

  7. rippit2000 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    That’s about what you’d expect from a fake, pompous a$$hole like Lasorda.

  8. gregman98 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Stuttering John vs. Tommy Lasorda:

    “Now that you’re fat again, do you think you should give the money back to Slim Fast?”


  9. jjregan21 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Great sportsmanship. Wouldn’t expect anything less from someone supporting the Kings

  10. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Big deal…now for some real news!

    That’s stumps and it’s Zimbabwe all the way today. They are ahead by 442 runs with 3 wickets remaining and their captain on the verge of yet another ton. Bangladesh had a brain fade after the lunch break, they lost wickets in a heap and were shot down for 134. Zimbabwe also started their second essay badly and were reduced to 84/6, but Taylor and Cremer once again bailed them out. Bangladesh have an uphill task tomorrow as they have to bat for almost 2 full days to save the match and remember they will be chasing a record 4th innings total. Do join us tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting day. Until then goodbye….

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

  11. bcisleman - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Geez, Tommy! I could see if you were a player or a coach on the Kings, but you are a retired baseball manager. Essentially you are a fan. You can root on the Kings and still at least be civil to Johnson who clearly wanted to shake your hand.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      I’d love to look back at MLB games when he was manager. Did he really never shake hands at home plate during the line-up cards exchange? Won’t even mention his treatment of his gay son or his arranging of the trade of a gay Dodger who had befriended Tommy’s son. Seems he has a carefully cultivated lovable image hiding a much different reality.

  12. 2qswing - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Tommy Lasorda? what was Pauly Shore busy

  13. nicknyhc - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Someone from California acted like a snobby douchebag? Go figure.

  14. manchestermiracle - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Thanks for all the feigned outrage over an overblown “event.” I needed the laughs. Ceremonial faceoffs are a joke. That said, it certainly wouldn’t have hurt Lasorda to shake Johnson’s hand. That snub was pretty childish, but thanks again for the generalization on an entire state over a single, fat, retired baseball manager. It makes you look just as juvenile as Lasorda.

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