Inspirational Quotes from Tommy Lasorda

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.

Tommy Lasorda

You give loyalty, you’ll get it back. You give love, you’ll get it back.

Tommy Lasorda

There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.

Tommy Lasorda

There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened.

Tommy Lasorda

I do not care whether you’re a Democrat or you’re a Republican or an independent. We must pull for the people who are wearing the uniform of the armed forces. These people weren’t drafted. They enlisted, because they believe.

Tommy Lasorda

Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.

Tommy Lasorda

If you don’t love the Dodgers, there’s a good chance you may not get into Heaven.

Tommy Lasorda

I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky.

Tommy Lasorda

I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.

Tommy Lasorda

No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.

Tommy Lasorda

No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.

Tommy Lasorda

Pressure’ is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.

Tommy Lasorda

I bleed Dodger blue!

Tommy Lasorda

The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they’re looking down on the Dodgers.

Tommy Lasorda

You can wake up every day and make today better than the last.

Tommy Lasorda

I still remember the entire Boy Scout motto. I don’t remember the serial number of my gun in the army. I don’t remember the number of my locker in school. But I remember that Boy Scout code.

Tommy Lasorda

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.

Tommy Lasorda

We’re all put here for a reason. And one little movement changes your way of life.

Tommy Lasorda

I’m telling you, I don’t like cheaters.

Tommy Lasorda

When I was interviewed after I got hired to replace Walter Alston, a future Hall of Famer, I was asked: ‘Don’t you feel pressure on you?’ I said: ‘Want to know something? I’m worried about the guy who’s going to have to replace me.’

Tommy Lasorda

My theory of hitting was just to watch the ball as it came in and hit it.

Tommy Lasorda

Always give an autograph when somebody asks you.

Tommy Lasorda

Sometimes you’ve just got to let an umpire know that you’re not satisfied with his decision. That they’ve missed the play in your opinion. Not that it’s going to do you any good, but you’ve got to let them know.

Tommy Lasorda

Grownups have to say ‘please,’ too.

Tommy Lasorda

If you love your job, you haven’t worked a day in your life.

Tommy Lasorda

The only way I’d worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.

Tommy Lasorda

About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.

Tommy Lasorda

Guys ask me, don’t I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?

Tommy Lasorda

People say you can’t go out and eat with your players. I say why not.

Tommy Lasorda

I am so happy and proud to learn of Hideo Nomo’s election to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. He was quite a pitcher and competitor, but he is also a very special and caring person.

Tommy Lasorda

When we win, I’m so happy I eat a lot. When we lose, I’m so depressed, I eat a lot. When we’re rained out, I’m so disappointed I eat a lot.

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When you – when you become the manager of a major league team, particularly the Dodgers, to me, that’s a privilege and an honor. No matter where you go or what you do, you represent that position that you have. And you represent that organization that gave you the opportunity to be doing what you’re doing.

Tommy Lasorda

You get an opportunity to do something for your country, you better get out and do it.

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I started in the lowest league in baseball, and I worked my way all the way up to Triple A and then to the big leagues. I never reached the level that I thought I would reach as a player. But that’s the way it goes. So then I started from the bottom as a manager, and I worked my way up to managing the Dodgers for 20 years.

Tommy Lasorda

I’ve got a portrait in the Smithsonian. Who ever thought that would happen?

Tommy Lasorda

They could never beat me in Springfield. I loved that old ballpark. If I could have pitched there all my career, I’d be a 300-game winner.

Tommy Lasorda

I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.

Tommy Lasorda

No, we don’t cheat. And even if we did, I’d never tell you.

Tommy Lasorda

Listen, if you start worrying about the people in the stands, before too long you’re up in the stands with them.

Tommy Lasorda

Sports has kept me on the straight and narrow path.

Tommy Lasorda

Baseball is played by all countries now, and softball, too.

Tommy Lasorda

I was fortunate enough to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Australia.

Tommy Lasorda

Sometimes, you get too hopped up, too excited, and it works against you.

Tommy Lasorda

I’ve always called L.A. ‘the world capital of sport.’

Tommy Lasorda

Chan Ho had a great career and was the exemplification of class, dignity and character.

Tommy Lasorda

Everywhere I go, I feel strange.

Tommy Lasorda

I’ve had heroes in my life – Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth.

Tommy Lasorda

Everything I have, I owe to baseball and the Dodgers.

Tommy Lasorda

I firmly believe that there is a God. I firmly believe that there is a Heaven. And I firmly believe that if you go there, it’s gonna be great.

Tommy Lasorda

My son wasn’t gay. No way.

Tommy Lasorda

My goal is to live to be 100.

Tommy Lasorda

I didn’t even graduate from high school. I’ve never told anybody that before. I got my degree later, when I was in the army.

Tommy Lasorda

Everybody wants to win, but everybody doesn’t win.

Tommy Lasorda