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Yes, Clark Won It--and Lasorda Lost It

October 26, 1985

Yes, all of us Dodger fans are in shock, and yes, it's oh, so easy to second-guess Tommy Lasorda (and The Times pays Mike Downey to do that?). But, from the All-American fan's point of view, isn't this just what we want? Top of the ninth, two outs, two on, home-run hitter up to bat, Dodger stopper on the mound. What a thrill!

Tommy Lasorda, you made a bum call. Nobody has to tell you that (or devote 700 words to do so). But, you gave us drama and you gave L.A. the Western Division crown.

Downey, you make a good Monday morning manager, but a lousy fan.

RICH BORDEN

Woodland Hills

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