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Afterward, Bochy said he had flashbacks while seeing Lasorda in uniform.
“He was excited about being back in the dugout,” he said. “It was a big night for him.”
Mattingly, however, said he had already made out the lineup.
“I got it done before he got here so he couldn’t change it,” he said, smiling. “He wanted (Clayton) Kershaw to go again.”
Lasorda’s return to the dugout came nearly 35 years to the day that he took over as manager from Walter Alston on Sept. 29, 1976.
“I’m impressed with his patience,” Lasorda said. “If I were in the same situation, I would have meetings where they could hear me in Long Beach.
Since his retirement, Lasorda has been back on the bench three times officially. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he managed the U.S. team to a gold medal over Cuba. He was an honorary coach at the 2001 All-Star Game in Seattle, and in 2008, he managed the Dodgers during spring training for eight games while then-manager Joe Torre traveled with part of the team to China for a goodwill tour.
“I’m going to try to get him thrown out of the game,” Loney said playfully. “I remember in spring training he took up for me on a close play.”
During his career, Lasorda was known for his fiery temperament and run-ins with umpires.
“If they show me they don’t know what they’re doing,” he said, “I’ll have to tell them.”
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