Toby Keith Mourns Death of Dodgers’ Legend Tommy Lasorda: ‘God Bless My Patriot Brother’

by Chris Haney

On Friday, country star Toby Keith and many others paid their respects to the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda after news broke of his passing.

Like many on social media, the singer took to Twitter to pay tribute to Lasorda. Whether or not he knew him well, Keith has at least met the famous manager once before. He shared a photo of the pair sitting together on the first row behind home plate as they cheered on the Dodgers. The country musician is seen sporting a Los Angeles baseball cap in support of the home team.

Keith shared a short but touching message to social media as he mourned the loss of Lasorda.

“God bless my patriot brother. -T,” Keith posted on Twitter.

Tommy Lasorda Passes Away at Age 93

On Thursday night, Tommy Lasorda passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 93. The longtime manager has suffered from numerous health problems over the years, most recently in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, Lasorda’s doctors discharged him from the hospital after a long stint in recovery. The Dodgers organization reported that Lasorda had returned home after spending the last seven weeks at the hospital. In mid-November, the Hall of Fame manager was placed in the intensive care unit at a hospital in California’s Orange County. He eventually moved to a rehab facility, but the Dodgers never released any specific reasons for his hospitalization.

It is well-known that Lasorda had a history of heart-related health issues. Los Angeles’ official Twitter account confirmed Lasorda’s death on Friday morning. The account also stated that it stemmed from a sudden cardiac arrest. He spent seven decades within the Dodgers organization, and famously said, “I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky.”