What A Beautiful Painting Of Mickey Rooney, I Mean Tommy Lasorda

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The National Portrait gallery added a huge (60''x50'') painting of Tommy Lasorda yesterday, honoring the man the LA Times referred to as "perhaps baseball's most beloved goodwill ambassador." Now I like the guy, even if my partner may not, but as always happens when our lovable baseball curmudgeons transcent the sport and land on a national stage, there are some giggle inducing details and quotes.

The Lasorda painting, measuring 60 inches by 50 inches, was put on display next to Andy Warhol's portrait of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and across from Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey's iconic image of President Obama.

"The intent of the collection is to be representative of people who uniquely shaped the American experience," said Mallory Walker, chairman of the National Portrait Gallery Commission.

Brandon Fortune, curator of painting and sculpture, added that the gallery looked to "collect figures that have resonance with today's audience . . . someone who is popular with millions of Americans."

This is where I was going to make a joke about his Slim Fast commercials' resonance with millions of fat Americans, but the shrill, dunderheaded Dodgers exec did it for me. Except she was serious!

"Tommy is larger than life," McCourt said. "Now, we're going to be reminded of it."

Noting that Lasorda's fame extended beyond baseball, McCourt recalled when she first met him, her reaction was: "It's the Slim-Fast guy."

I can't believe that woman has a major role with a first place team. Here's one more picture of the picture, showing the painting's place next to Warhol's famous Kennedy portrait.


Lasorda revealed himself as a bit of a fatalist after the proceedings. When asked what was next for him, he said, "Heaven." Is Tommy planning something? Can we get a 24/7 watch on him in case he wants to do something drastic. TOMMY DONT GO YET YOU'RE TOO YOUNG!

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At 50 x 60 that picture is not nearly big enough to contain Lasorda's ego.

measuring 60 inches by 50 inches

Coincidentally, that's the size of the plate of pasta he put down after the ceremony.

I'm sick and tired of the deification of Tommy Lasorda. He was overrated as a manager and even more overrated as a human being. Next time I'm in D.C., I'm heading over to the National Gallery to throw a bucket of pigs' blood on this pig's portrait.

/spits on ground

Rob, if you threw pig blood on the portrait people would just think it was marinara sauce on his uniform.

How dare you compare Lasorda to a real American icon. Mickey Rooney was a former child star AND the number one box office draw from 1939 to 1940.


Just don't ask how that bat got its "finish".

Ooh! I know where I'm headed on the way to school today.

Portrait belongs in the Fat Bastards of America wing.

Right between President Taft and Orson Welles.

The Phillie Phanatic deserves a portrait over Tommy.

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