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San Francisco's Not Feeling Tommy


Alioto-Pier wants Tommy Lasorda out as Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Italian American parade in North Beach.

We've seen some pretty amusing pieces of legislation out of the Board of Supervisors, but this one beats them all: Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier wants organizers of the San Francisco Italian American parade to boot Tommy Lasorda as grand marshal. And my initial question is: Doesn’t she have any more important things to do? Her district suffers from bad roads, bad drunks and a sagging economy (like everywhere else). Is Tommy Lasorda at the Italian American parade really reside at the top of her list or priorities?

For those of you who don’t know or care, Lasorda is the former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who've had "an intense rivalry" with our hometown Giants for years and "nobody embodies that more than Tommy Lasorda," states the resolution.

The Giants aren't doing so great, it continues, and "Dodger fans are boastful and smug." Furthermore, there are "many other distinguished local Italian American athletes" like Giants pitcher Barry Zito "or even Joe Montana" who could do the important job of waving from a convertible. (I can see Montana, but Zito? He made a ton of cash from the Giants this season and played consistently bad baseball.

The parade is scheduled for Oct. 12, so Alioto-Pier is trying to get the legislation passed at the board's next meeting, Oct. 7.

But is this really how the supervisors should be spending their time?

"We can't have Tommy Lasorda come to San Francisco for the Italian American parade!" Alioto-Pier said. "He's like enemy No. 1 right now. If you don't think this is important, you should move to L.A."

(Portions of this article are from

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By Sharlene Hardin on September 30, 2008 at 05:32 pm

WOW, why doesn't she just condemn baseball, apple pie and America in general while she's at it?  OH but easy for me to say, I live in LA and totally bleed Dodger Blue!  

I agree, it's a huge waste of tax payer dollars to try to oust Tommy out of a Parade that honors the heritage of Italian Americans. 

In my humble opinion I couldn't think of a better choice given Tommy's charitable work over the years.  But then again, my opinion is just that an opinion since I do not reside in the SF area.

Thanks for sharing the story with everyone regardless of their residency or heritage :)  KUDOS!

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By CCNY on September 30, 2008 at 09:15 pm

Lest we forget, Tommy managed the US Olympic Baseball team to a Gold Medal a few years back, beating the mighty powerhouse, Cuba.

I'm a Met fan, and I don't have particularly fond memories of Tommy (1988, for one), but if he is one thing, he's a proud, true blue Italian-American icon.  Who better to lead the parade?  If they choose Zito, maybe he can toss 126 million dollars in singles to Giants fans from the convertible, kind of an instant refund.

Last word on Tommy: he was close pals with Ol' Blue Eyes.  Case closed.

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By Sharlene Hardin on September 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Oops I just reread my comment and I meant HE and I can't blame my blackberry this time, it was me quickly reading Michela and thinking it said Michelle (oopsy, my bad) 

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