From Jonah Keri at CBS Sports on August 23, 2017:
It all started innocently enough.
The instigator danced. Led the crowd in cheers. Razzed the opposition. Harmless stuff, the kind you’d see every time you saw him in person, every time you watched on TV.
If you were on the other side, it was never a big deal. Mostly, you ignored his antics. A particularly clever bit might trigger a little smile, maybe a few chuckles. If you had a good sense of humor — if you didn’t take yourself too seriously — you might even join in, playing the role of villain with a wink, giving the crowd a chance to laugh at your expense.
Tommy Lasorda had no interest in playing along. He had no interest in being in on the joke. On this date 28 years ago, Lasorda did something you probably won’t ever see at a ballgame, in your entire life. He got a mascot ejected.
Originally published: August 23, 2017. Last Updated: August 23, 2017.