Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 18-24 you won’t want to miss:
NO. 1: MLB: GIANTS AT DODGERS
Details/TV: At Dodger Stadium, Friday, 7:10 p.m., Saturday, 6:10 p.m., Sunday, 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA
Friday marks Tommy Lasorda’s 90th birthday. Take 90 seconds or so to let that soak in.
In 1996, at age 68, he tearfully decided it was time to retire as the Dodgers manager because of what was determined to be a heart attack. A year later, he went into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But he was hardly ready to rest on his name and fame.
In the midst of being a part of the organization now for 68 years in one capacity or another – a minor leaguer, a big-league pitcher (’56 and ’55), a scout, a minor-league manager, a GM, a special advisor and now a team ambassador that includes having his name attached to an Italian food concession stand beyond the right-field pavilion – he has lasted through eight ownership alterations.
Sometimes, bleeding Dodger blue affects the circulatory system. More health issues have led to another heart attack in 2012, and three trips to the hospital just this year, including having a pacemaker implanted last May.
His milestone birthday celebration meshes perfectly with the usual night of post-game fireworks as well as having the Giants in town. Perhaps this is also the night the NL West is clinched, making the last two weeks the time and place to get things in order for the playoffs.
The festivities begin after the Dodgers come home from a road trip after one final stop in Lasorda’s hometown of Philadelphia (Monday-Wednesday at 4:05 p.m., Thursday at 10:05 a.m., SNLA, with Tuesday also on Channel 5)
NO. 2: NFL WEEK 3:
RAMS at 49ERS
Details/TV: At Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Thursday, 5:25 p.m., Ch. 4, NFL Network
CHIEFS AT CHARGERS
Details/TV: At StubHub Center, Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 2
There will be another uniform alteration for the Rams – the “Color Rush” all-yellow jerseys, pants, socks and shoes, plus the horns on the helmet – come out to clash with the all-dark 49ers jerseys that make it difficult to read the orange numbers. So be it. A couple of days later, the 0-2 Chargers’ first AFC West contest comes against the 2-0 Chiefs, who’ve already knocked off the Patriots and Eagles and, if there is a true NFL power ranking to do this early in the season, would probably be very close to the top, if not No. 1.
Also ending NFL Week 2: Detroit at N.Y. Giants, Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Also in NFL Week 3: Oakland…