Baseball season is right around the corner, kicking off tomorrow when the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney. The rest of the opening matchups take place March 30 and 31.
So, in the spirit of the game, we share with you this story from The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Phoenix Diocese, featuring an interview with Tommy Lasorda, the two-time World Series champion and two-time National League Manager of the Year, who recently spoke at at a Catholic high school in Arizona to benefit the school’s booster club and athletic program.
The Baseball Hall of Fame describes Lasorda — who had a brief career as a left-handed pitcher — as one of the most enthusiastic and successful managers in baseball history. It adds that Lasorda was “known for his fondness of pasta and pitching” and led the Los Angeles Dodgers to eight division titles and two World Championships in 21 seasons as manager.
Joyce Coronel, interim managing editor of the Sun, spoke to Lasorda about baseball, being Catholic, and his marriage of 64 years.
When the 86-year-old was asked how his Catholic faith has strengthened him. He said this:
A lot of times I called on God to help me. I tell him I know he’s busy. He’s got a lot to think about. He’s got a lot of people to help. So if he could see and help me a little bit, I would appreciate it, but I don’t expect him to do anything for me, because he’s got to do certain things that are more important than me.