Today, Sept. 22, 2017, marks the 90th birthday of Tommy Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Dodgers. Though he's best known for his work as a Dodgers manager and executive, he's occupied a nearly-unfathomable number of roles in baseball.
As a member of the Dodgers organization, he not only convinced the higher-ups to burn a 62nd-round Draft pick on future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, but he also developed a bit of an adversarial relationship with mascots. Whether it was getting Expos mascot Youppi! ejected for ... sitting on the dugout:
Or, beating the Phillie Phanatic with a doll crafted in his own likeness:
Lasorda has had an interesting relationship with baseball's more cartoony friends.
But, being his 90th birthday, today is a day of celebration in the Lasorda household, so let's not dwell on those troublesome mascots. We hope that Lasorda gets to spend the day as is fitting for baseball's grandpa:
And that, once again, he gets to enjoy a cake worth of the name and the man: