There is a bond between baseball players, managers, and families. Tim McGraw got a chance to learn about it from Tommy Lasorda.
McGraw, one of country music’s finest singers and songwriters, shared a photo of Instagram of him sitting next to Lasorda at a Los Angeles Dodgers home game.
For those who don’t know, Tim McGraw’s father was World Series champion relief pitcher Tug McGraw. Lasorda, who died on Friday (Jan. 8) at 93, sat next to Tim and obviously shared some stories about Tug with Tim.
Here’s Tim McGraw and Lasorda sitting together with a touching note from McGraw.
Lasorda managed the Los Angeles Dodgers and captured a World Series title with the 1988 team. He had a fiery managerial style with players, plus Lasorda liked being chummy with celebrity Dodger fans.
One of Lasorda’s closest friends was singer Frank Sinatra, who often visited Lasorda in the Dodgers clubhouse when Sinatra went out to Dodger Stadium.
Tim McGraw Expresses Love For Louisiana Childhood, LSU
Tim McGraw has a deep love for his home state of Louisiana, but bring up LSU football and he is always ready to shout, “Geaux Tigers!”
“Growing up in Louisiana we always had crawfish boils so we’d have crawfish boils, especially when I was in college,” McGraw said in an interview on the “Huuuge Show” podcast. “I went to college at Northeast Louisiana University, which is the University of Louisiana at Monroe now.
“But LSU was still the school we all rooted for, I mean that was our state school, and that was the school we all rooted for,” he said. “We made some trips down to Death Valley for some of those games. But I don’t remember too much from those games because of the tailgating that was going on.”
McGraw Would Turn Up TVs When Watching LSU Football
Tim McGraw remembers turning up the TVs and inviting people over to watch the Tigers play.
“In college, my roommates and I lived right on a bayou and my roommate had a ski boat so we were skiing all the time,” he said. “So we would ski all Saturday, watch LSU’s football game, float kegs, have a crawfish boil. It was a good time back then.”
Looking back on his youth, Tim McGraw loved to not only watch but play all types of sports.
“Oh wow, my earliest memories, gosh, (are being) 5, 6, 7 years old watching football games on Saturday and hoping to see an LSU football game,” he said. “I mean, I was a big sports watcher and an athlete all my life. I played baseball, basketball, football, ran track, all those things.
“But when football season rolled around, there was nothing like it,” McGraw said.