1. Mike Piazza tells Dave Davies about how his father’s childhood friend, Tommy Lasorda, took an interest in his career and getting him to the big leagues:

I’d like to believe that my talent would have eventually carried me there but I think being with the Dodgers in that unique position of having Tommy sort of look out for me and guide me in a way did help. Of course, I still had to put up the numbers and do the job, but Tommy was there. He worked with me many hours in spring training. … He threw balls in the dirt and he would throw us batting practice and we worked. I mean, to be honest with you, … I don’t want to be that old guy who’s like, ‘Back when I played…’ but I do believe that back when I played we worked. … I mean Tommy, after a game, would pull the batting cage out and we’d hit after the game and now guys play five innings … and they’re home they’re on the golf course.

Image by Boris Badenov/Flickr

    Mike Piazza tells Dave Davies about how his father’s childhood friend, Tommy Lasorda, took an interest in his career and getting him to the big leagues:

    I’d like to believe that my talent would have eventually carried me there but I think being with the Dodgers in that unique position of having Tommy sort of look out for me and guide me in a way did help. Of course, I still had to put up the numbers and do the job, but Tommy was there. He worked with me many hours in spring training. … He threw balls in the dirt and he would throw us batting practice and we worked. I mean, to be honest with you, … I don’t want to be that old guy who’s like, ‘Back when I played…’ but I do believe that back when I played we worked. … I mean Tommy, after a game, would pull the batting cage out and we’d hit after the game and now guys play five innings … and they’re home they’re on the golf course.

    Image by Boris Badenov/Flickr

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