2/9/6: So Long, Tiger: Coaching Legend Dedeaux Dies at 91 "His final championship came in 1978, and in all he coached 59 big leaguers. The list includes Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, as well as future Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire, Dave Kingman and Bill Spaceman Lee. "The things I remember best about playing at USC are that we worked hard, learned a lot and had a really great time doing it, Seaver once said. I learned more in one year at USC under coach Dedeaux than I would have in two or three seasons in the low minors. I learned concentration and to stay in the game mentally."
Kingman a "Goldpanner" in Alaska
|Lasorda goes on Dave Kingman tirade|
June 4, 1976 - After a game in which Dave Kingman hit three home runs to beat the Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda was asked by Associated Press radio stringer Paul Olden what he thought of Kingman's performance. The rest is history:
Reporter: Can you give us just a few basic comments about your feelings on the game?
Lasorda: Well, naturally I feel bad about losing a ball game like that, there's no way you should lose that ball game. An', it, uh, just doesn't make sense.
R: What's your opinion of Kingman's performance?
TL: What's my opinion of Kingman's performance!? What the BLEEP do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was BLEEPING BLEEP. Put that in, I don't BLEEP. Opinion of his performance!!? BLEEP, he beat us with three BLEEPING home runs! What the BLEEP do you mean, "What is my opinion of his performance?" How could you ask me a question like that, "What is my opinion of his performance?" BLEEP, he hit three home runs! BLEEP. I'm BLEEPING pissed off to lose that BLEEPING game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! BLEEP. That's a tough question to ask me, isn't it? "What is my opinion of his performance?"
R: Yes, it is. I asked it, and you gave me an answer...
TL: Well, I didn't give you a good answer because I'm mad, but I mean...
R: Well, it wasn't a good question...
TL: That's a tough question to ask me right now, "What is my opinion of his performance." I mean, you want me to tell you what my opinion of his performance is...
R: You just did...
TL: That's right. BLEEP. Guy hits three home runs against us. BLEEP.
UNEDITED (You've been warned):
What's my opinion of Kingman's performance!? What the fuck do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was FUCKING HORSESHIT. Put that in, I don't fucking care. Opinion of his performance!!? Jesus Christ, he beat us with three fucking home runs! What the fuck do you mean, 'What is my opinion of his performance?' How could you ask me a question like that, 'What is my opinion of his performance?' Shit, he hit three home runs! Fuck. I'm fucking pissed off to lose the fucking game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! Shit. That's a tough question to ask me, isn't it? 'What is my opinion of his performance?'"
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