Tommy Lasorda quotes

  • The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Sports

  • You have got to love what you're doing. No matter what it is. Whatever you undertake in life, if you don't love it, and you don't enjoy it, you are making a big mistake. You have got to love what you are doing. You have to appreciate what you are getting, and you have to do it to the best of your ability.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Mistake #Appreciate #Matter

  • 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

    #Baseball #Winning #Games

  • If you don't root for the Dodgers, you might not get into heaven,
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Roots #Heaven #Might

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Success

  • If you love your job, you haven't worked a day in your life.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Jobs #Love You #Humorous

  • I've been able to dine with presidents, with leaders of corporations, traveled for 14 years with (financier and philanthropist) Michael Milken, who has taught me so much about life. Hanging around with them, it's nothing I could have believed in grade school. I could be with all of them? Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Dean Martin ... this former third-string pitcher from the Norristown High baseball team and the son of an Italian immigrant? I really am in awe when I think that has happened to me. What a life.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Team #School

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

    #Hitting #Watches #Balls

  • If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Wife #Thirds

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

    #Success #Congratulations #Failure

  • 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

    #Basketball #Hands #Coaching

  • Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Baseball #Home

  • I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Way #Uniforms

  • I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Sky #Blue

  • I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Communication #Player #Appreciate

  • The only Angels in Los Angeles are in Heaven, and they're looking down on the Dodgers.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Angel #Heaven #Los Angeles

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Happiness #Basketball

  • Never argue with people who buy ink by the gallon....
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #People #Ink #Arguing

  • 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

    #Girl #Sports #Life And Love

  • The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Years #Ends

  • The only way I'd worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Weather #Worry #Snow

  • When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Food #Winning

  • I walk into the clubhouse today and it's like walking into the Mayo Clinic. We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers. Back when I broke in, we had one trainer who carried a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and by the 7th inning he'd already drunk it.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Funny #Baseball #Doctors

  • Ernie Banks was a great great player and when he no longer could play, he became a great ambassador for the game. He represented the game with the highest of class and dignity. Everybody loved Ernie Banks. He enjoyed baseball, life and people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We have truly lost a baseball giant.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Prayer #Player

  • 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

    #School #Army #Boys

  • Nothing succeeds like - failure.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Failure #Succeed

  • Everything I have, I owe to baseball and the Dodgers.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball

  • 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

    #Umpires #Play #Decision

  • You can have the best team in baseball, and if nobody goes through the turnstiles, you've got to shut the doors down.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Team #Doors

  • The gym teacher's name was Mr. Caruso. Mr. Caruso did not speak English. He spoke 'Gym.' One day I was playing basketball and Mr. Caruso told me I would have to get an athletic supporter. He didn't express himself exactly that way, though. He said, 'Hey, you, one day you're gonna go up for a rebound and the family jewels aren't gonna go with ya.' I had no idea what he was talking about. Next day I showed up for practice without my watch and my mezuzah. He said, 'Did ya take care of the family jewels?' I said, 'I left 'em in my locker.' Took us a half hour to revive Mr. Caruso.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Basketball #Teacher #Jewels

  • When you're not playing up to your capability, you gotta try everything, to motivate, to get them going. All of them have to be on the same end of the rope to pull together. It's playing for the name on the front of the shirt, not the back. Individualism gets you trophies and plaques. Play for the front, that wins championships. I try to remind them of that.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Winning #Play #Names

  • Caltech honored me -- they named an asteroid after me. There's only two of them up there with names. One of them is Walter Cronkite. The other is Tommy Lasorda.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Two #Names #Asteroids

  • There are parents out there screaming as if their kid is going to be in the big leagues someday. C'mon. I chew them out if I see that. Maybe they've got their own idea how to do things, but it's wrong. Just be with the kids. Let 'em make errors. Give them all a chance. It's not about winning. It's spirit, togetherness.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Kids #Winning #Ideas

  • I wasn't quite sure how a player got to the big leagues. As far as I knew, he was just there one day.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Player #League #One Day

  • If you'd see my schedule, you'd know I have no time to slow down.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Schedules #Slow Down

  • When you say you're a padre, people ask when did you become a parent. When you say you're a cardinal, they tell you to work hard because the next step is pope. But when you say you're a Dodger, everybody knows you're in the Major Leagues.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Hard Work #People

  • Bruce Benedict is so slow he'd finish third in a race with a pregnant woman.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Race #Pregnant Women

  • Everybody makes mistakes, that's why they put erasers on pencils
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Mistake #Psychology

  • Talking about your troubles is no good. Eighty percent of your friends don't care and the rest are glad.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Funny #Talking #Care

  • Baseball is played by all countries now, and softball, too
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Softball #Country #Baseball

  • The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series. The second best thing is losing The World Series.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Baseball #Winning

  • The worst team in baseball's history won only 55 games. The best team ever won 110 out of 160, so you're virtually guaranteed to win 1/3 of the time and lose 1/3 of the time. The difference is the 1/3 in the middle. You don't know what bucket the game you're playing falls into, so if you're smart, you'll fight like everything for all of them.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Smart #Team

  • It is a great honor to be inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. When you honor me with this distinction, you really honor the players who put me there. All of the honors I receive became a reality only through the contributions of my players. In addition to myself, you also honor my family and the Dodger organization. I accept this recognition with pride and gratitude.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Gratitude #Pride #Player

  • All last year we tried to teach him (Fernando Valenzuela) English, and the only word he learned was million.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Years #Lasts

  • It's still the best game in town because you don't have to be big to play, and everybody plays. Even your grandmother probably played baseball.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Grandmother #Games

  • He (Darryl Strawberry) is not a dog; a dog is loyal and runs after balls.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Running #Dog #Loyal

  • People say you can't go out and eat with your players. I say why not.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Player #People #Why Not

  • Say 'Dodgers' and people know you're talking about baseball. Say 'Braves' and they ask, 'What reservation?' Say 'Reds' and they think of communism. Say 'Padres' and they look around for a priest.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Thinking #Talking

  • Always give an autograph when somebody asks you.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Sports #Giving

  • 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.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Depressing #Winning #Disappointed

  • If you don't love the Dodgers, there's a good chance you may not get into Heaven.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Heaven #May #Chance

  • A second-guesser is one who doesn't know anything about the first guess, and he's one who needs 2 guesses to get one right.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Needs #Firsts

  • I don't like the pitch count! How are you gonna develop your arm? If you're a track man you say, "Hey, you can't run too much." Or if you're a boxer you say, "Hey, you can only box three rounds." It's not right!
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Running #Men #Track

  • I was glad to see Italy win. All the guys on the team were Italians.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Funny #Team #Winning

  • 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 #People #Worry

  • I was told to stay away from pasta and bread for two weeks. Not eating pasta? That'll kill me. Anything else, but why pasta?
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Two #Bread #Pasta

  • Think about each pitch like you think about women, then select one which is particularly appealing.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Thinking #Like You #Select

  • You give loyalty, you'll get it back.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Motivational #Loyalty #Giving

  • Everybody wants to win, but everybody doesn't win.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Winning #Want

  • No, we don't cheat. And even if we did, I'd never tell you.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Cheating #Cheat

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

    #Character #Careers #Class

  • I've never used one word of profanity in front of my wife, or my daughter, or my granddaughter or anybody else's wife.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Daughter #Wife #Used

  • When I was 15 years old, I used to actually dream I was pitching in Yankee Stadium. Bill Dickey was my catcher.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Dream #Yankees #Years

  • My wife tells me one day, 'I think you love baseball more than me.' I say, 'Well, I guess that's true, but hey, I love you more than football and hockey.'
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Football #Baseball #I Love You More

  • My God, look at the words people use today. They use profanity like it's nothing. Christ almighty.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #People #Looks #Use

  • I managed the Dodgers for 20 years. It's hard to believe that there are only four guys in the history of baseball who managed the same team for 20 years or more. One was owner of the team, Connie Mack. Another was part owner of the team, John McGraw. Then there was my predecessor, Walter Alston, and me. It's amazing. In the 20 years I managed the Dodgers, 210 managers were fired.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Baseball #Team #Believe

  • Grownups have to say 'please,' too.
    -- Tommy Lasorda

    #Please #Grownups

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