Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda spent his Friday night taking in a Warsaw High School basketball game. He says he considers the town his home away from home.
"If you ever left Los Angeles, where would you want to go live? I don't even hesitate, Warsaw, Indiana," Lasorda said.
But make no mistake, America's past time remains the biggest passion for the former manager of the Dodgers. "We draw a lot of people," Lasorda explained. "The entire league draws a lot of people. We have our problems. We have some players going astray, but that's not going to stop major league baseball."
One player who has allegedly gone astray is Ryan Braun, a man Lasorda once thought of as a great ambassador for the game. "I was stunned," Lasorda said of Braun. "I was shocked. I didn't think that boy would ever be involved in taking something that was illegal."
Economically, things have definitely changed since Lasorda's days in uniform with the Dodgers, as witnessed by crosstown rival Angels spending $332 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. "He spent a lot of money," Lasorda said. "He spent twice the amount of what he paid for the franchise. He'd better hope those two guys stay healthy."
But he has just one thing to say to his new opponents. "Just remember one thing," Lasorda said with a smile. "The only angels are up in heaven, and they're all ex-dodgers."