Friday, January 26, 2007

Reporter Coaxes Modest Quote from Reluctant Lasorda

From "Can the National League turn the tide?: Younger talent signals that NL has the stuff to best AL in '07" at

Some of the pride that National League teams flaunted three and four decades ago when they were beating up on their American League counterparts, especially in the All-Star Game, returned last October when the NL-champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the AL-champion Detroit Tigers in a five-game World Series.

After what happened during past seasons, it could have been the NL's first big step back to respectability, if not superiority.

"I have a sense that things are turning around," former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, a career National Leaguer, said. "I've always felt that these streaks run in cycles. [The NL] won 11 [All-Star Games] in a row at one time, and I managed three of 'em.

"We had a good streak going, and now [the AL does]. But I think we have the players to turn it around."

Come on, Tommy. Why don't you tell us what you really think?

UPDATE: Maybe Tommy's all cocky because he's being inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame. Who knew California sports had their own hall of fame?