David Allen, writing in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, called my attention to a unique event that will be taking place in the neighboring city of Pomona. The Baseball Reliquary (www.baseballreliquary.org) will be hosting an exhibit of all things related to Tommy Lasorda April 12 through May 28 and the Pomona Library. As a lifetime Dodger hater, I am drawn to this event for a couple of reasons that I will discuss.
One of the intriguing features of the so named Lasordapalooza event will be the ability to compete for a $100 prize for the best essay. Actually there will be two essay prizes. One for the essay on "Why I love Tommy Lasorda" and one on "Why I hate Tommy Lasorda". The second category is of course what excites me. How do I hate Tommy? Let me count the ways.........
Before going further, I think I should comment on the picture shown with this article. The casual observer might think that Tommy is waving to the appreciative crowd as he strides across the diamond. You might notice on closer review that he is in a road uniform and the seats in the background are orange. Those of you who have witnessed this act will remember that the visiting teams at Candlestick Park had to enter the field from the clubhouse in deep Right field. Tommy had to parade from that clubhouse down the Right field line and across the Diamond to the Visitors dugout. He would be booed unmercifully on this trek on every occasion. He relished this entrance and waved to the crowd in gratitude for the recognition.
Well--back to Lasordapalooza. The second thing that intrigues me is the Tommy Lasorda lookalike contest that will be held at the Library on May 15. If that is not enough, the capper is that the contest is open to men and women alike. My regret is that I will not be able to enter my dog in the contest.
I am going to make every effort to attend the event and will endeavor to report on my findings. I will also begin my essay--I certainly have a lot of ammunition to draw on!