Tommy Lasorda’s life touched many others during a 21-year Hall of Fame career as Dodgers manager and an even longer reign as one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors.
He died of a heart attack late Thursday night. The Dodgers announced that flags at Dodger Stadium will fly at half staff and the stadium will be lit up throughout the night to illuminate a large No. 2 (Lasorda’s uniform number) which has been painted in center field. Flowers have been placed at Lasorda’s No. 2 monument in the Retired Numbers Plaza at the Top of the Park. His jersey as well as his two Manager of the Year Awards will mark his seat in the Dodger dugout.
Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said the team will honor Lasorda in “prominent” ways during the 2021 season.
“I think the first thing would be a patch on jerseys,” Kasten said. “You can count on us having a fair amount of programming early, Opening Day and many days thereafter, honoring Tommy in a way that he deserves to be honored as one of the great and most memorable Dodgers of all time.”
On Friday, the baseball world reacted to the news of Lasorda’s death:
“He came into my office all the time on his little scooter and wheeled it in this little three-point turn and he would get up and sit in a chair. He would put his arm around me all the time, tell me how much he loved me,