LOS ANGELES -- The story line was a simple one: two guys from Brooklyn talking baseball. Joe Torre invited Sandy Koufax to visit with him and talk about their lives playing a game as a way to raise money for his Safe At Home Foundation to combat domestic abuse. But the Dodgers manager didn't think the reclusive Koufax would come.
"Sandy's not comfortable with this stuff," Torre told his wife, Ali. Only Koufax did show up. "It gave me goosebumps," Torre said of the sold-out crowd of 7,100 at Nokia Theater, which included the likes of Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz and raised more than $750,000. "Where'd you go," sportswriter T.J. Simers asked the 74-year-old Hall of Famer Koufax, who retired from the game at the age of 30 and was returning for one of his rare public appearances.
"I went home," Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight. "Your most precious asset is time," Koufax said. "Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely."
Apparently, this Sandy also gives chills that are multiplying. I would have loved to be there, if only to be physically next to Jon Lovitz (again... ah, the memories).