Tommy Lasorda has withdrawn as grand marshal of Sunday's Italian Heritage Day Parade due to a public stink about his selection and because organizers couldn't ensure that he would get to Los Angeles in time to see his beloved Dodgers play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier threatened to introduce a resolution calling for Lasorda's ouster from the parade because of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry. Alioto-Pier called the former Dodgers manager "enemy No. 1" in San Francisco. She never introduced the measure.
"I'm not going to go. They made a big thing out of it," Lasorda said Friday as he watched the Dodgers' batting practice in preparation for their game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Alioto-Pier's resolution also called Dodger fans "boastful and smug."
Asked if the episode bothered him, Lasorda said, "Sure it did, putting up a resolution to get me not to be the grand marshal. How would you feel?
"I wanted to do it because I love San Francisco, I really do. I love the city. We have a rivalry there. What the hell? That's the way it is."