Dodgers manager Dave roberts with former manager Tommy Lasorda after NLCS.(Photo: Tannen Maury, EPA-EFE)

Tommy Lasorda’s role with the Los Angeles Dodgers is largely ceremonial these days. Yet, even at 90 years old, the Hall of Fame manager still does not want for spunk.

Moments after the Dodgers forced a Game 7 of the World Series with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros, Lasorda had a message for Dave Roberts, the man who now occupies the manager’s office at Dodger Stadium.

“You haven’t won (expletive) unless you win tomorrow,” Lasorda told Roberts, according to numerous accounts.


Lasorda would know, it seems. He’s been on both sides of World Series outcomes, the devastation and the ecstasy. The Dodgers lost consecutive World Series to the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978. They reversed the outcome in beating the Yankees in 1981, and then stunned the favored Oakland Athletics in 1988.

Lasorda’s Dodgers won eight division titles in his 21 years as manager. Yet he never experienced what Roberts will Wednesday night: A World Series Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.

Just win, Dave.

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