NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens issued a heartfelt message on social media to Norristown native and Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda.
The legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager passed away on Thursday night after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 93. As a result, Owens took to Twitter to send his condolences to the Lasorda family.
“Words can not express the sadness I’m feeling right now,” Owens wrote in an Instagram post. “My sincere condolences to the Lasorda Family. 🙏🏾”
“Death is inevitable and we ALL have an expiration date but nothing prepares you for loss no matter how young or old, expected or unexpected yet atop the new year Los Angeles has lost another legend in Mr. Tommy Lasorda.”
Lasorda is without a doubt one of the most successful managers in MLB history. He led his teams to eight division titles during his 20-year career as the manager of the Dodgers. In addition, he took Los Angeles to the World Series on four separate occasions, winning it all in 1981 and 1988.
The legendary manager put together an impressive 1,599–1,439 record as the Dodgers’ manager before announcing his retirement in 1996. Moreover, he had 16 wins in 30 NL Championship games — the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. LaSorda became a Dodgers vice president once he retired.
Terrell Owens Launches New Wine Label
Meanwhile, the former 49ers and Eagles wide receiver is now in the alcohol business. The Pro Football Hall of Famer recently launched his own wine label called Eighty-One.
Owens developed his wine venture in partnership with the late Tommy Lasorda’s family wine business. He spoke about their collaboration in his Instagram post above.
“This week I did my first interview about my business venture and my wine @81_vino collaboration with Mr. Lasorda and expressed my excitement to meet him in the coming weeks but unfortunately that meeting has been put on hold so until our heavenly meeting may you FOREVER REST IN PEACE.”
Owen’s cabernet sauvignon was harvested in vineyards located in Paso Robles, California. It was aged for 18 months with a combination of both European and American Oak. The wine, which features Owen’s initials on the front label, can be preordered on his website 81vino.com.
Further, the wine is described as “ripe black cherry and cinnamon stick aromas, leading to a palate of plum preserves, dark chocolate, and spicy toasted oak.”
The former NFL receiver said that his interest in the alcoholic drink developed after his playing days in the NFL.