While promoting his new film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, actor Chris Pine also shared a funny story about the first time he met legendary Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda at Dodger Stadium.
It happened all the way back in 1988 when Pine was just eight years old. His father, Robert Pine, who starred in the popular television show CHiPs in the late 70s and early 80s, had access to the field before Dodgers' home games and on this particular occasion brought young Chris along with him.
While on the field, Chris was able to meet several of his baseball heroes like Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Sax and Kirk Gibson. It was during the meeting with Gibson that Pine expressed his desire to sit with the Dodgers in the dugout during that evening's game. Gibson actually went along with the idea at first and even encouraged it, but urged Pine to get manager Tommy Lasorda's permission first.
Little did the poor kid know what he was being set up for by the grizzled veteran.
After spotting Lasorda sitting in his usual dugout perch, Pine made his approach and asked Lasorda if he could spend the evening hanging out in the dugout with the players. From there we'll just say it was a classic Tommy Lasorda response, though certainly not suitable for the ears of an eight-year-old child.
To hear the censored version of Lasorda's response, skip ahead to the 3:37 mark in the video above. If you prefer to hear the entire story from Pine, you can start at 1:46. Either way, you're sure to get a laugh because it's very easy to visualize how it all played out.
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