Kansas Fans, Tommy Lasorda Would Like to Know What ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk’ Means

If Kansas beats Texas A&M to remain undefeated in Big 12 play, I hope they’ll continue to bring Tommy back to keep up the winning streak. He clearly would be a good luck charm at that point.

Now to answer the 83-year-old former Dodger manager’s question, here’s what KU’s website says about the tradition:

“KU’s world famous Rock Chalk Chant evolved from a cheer that a chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey, created for the KU science club in 1886.

Bailey’s version was “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU” repeated three times. The rahs were later replaced by “Rock Chalk,” a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.”

Even at 80, Lasorda Still Runs the 4.4 40

… to the buffet line. Just kidding. But honestly, the belly led the way when Lasagna bolted out of the dugout Tuesday in the Dodgers’ spring training game against the Marlins. The rest of Tommy wasn’t far behind and by the time the entire load made it, his weak-sauce case to argue a call was already well-planned out. Dude pleaded with the home plate umpire that James Loney’s swinging bunt down the first baseline was foul, though it wasn’t a close call. Apparently James Loney (holding back laughs while grinning) was quite amused by the charade:

“I was listening,” James Loney, whose infield dribbler led to the argument, said with a smile. “He kind of surprised me when he came out. He was arguing, he was yelling. He was giving it to him.

“It’s Tommy, though, you know? You’ve got to win.”

You didn’t really think Tommy could get by serving as an honorary manager in a split squad game without picking a fight, did you? Tommy admitted just as much — saying he argued the call for effect: “[The fans] always liked that when I’d go out and start arguing. Put on a little show.” The dude’s a total sideshow, but man, I do have to admit, watching him trot out of that dugout to argue a call is worth the price of admission. Perhaps that’s what the Dodgers had in mind when they made Joe Torre their biggest off-season acquisition. Zing!

Lasorda/Clinton, Seperated at Birth?

That’s the Tommy Lasorda bobblehead that will be given out on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. It was pointed out in Alyssa Milano’s Dodger fan blog that it looks just like Bill Clinton, and you know what? She’s right. That’s exactly what Tommy would look like if he had maintained his Ultra Slim Fast diet.