The other night I attended a lecture given by baseball legend and Los Angeles Dodger icon, Tommy Lasorda. It was a fun evening filled with stories and jokes. At the end of the lecture Tommy said he would take questions from the audience.
I thought for a moment and then I raised my hand. Currently there is a lot of controversy surrounding The Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Team and racist comments the team owner allegedly made. This seemed like an incredible opportunity to me. I wanted to ask about the damage that has been created, the confusion amongst the fans, and the difficulty the players and coaches must be experiencing and how the chaos can be fixed or resolved. Who better to ask then Tommy Lasorda .
The time came and I stood up and I asked Tommy what he thought should be done. At that moment I heard a loud chorus of boos. One thousand people strong, all booing me. My wife claims she didn’t boo me, but I’m not sure. The boos continued until I finished and then sat down.
I have never been booed before, especially for asking a sports questions to a sports icon. I was respectful, polite and sincere but that did not seem to matter. Tommy answered the question, and I paraphrase, “that’s pretty controversial and I don’t want to get into it. It shouldn’t have happened and it needs to end.”
Someone told me afterwards it was not an appropriate question for the event and that’s why I was booed. Really?
Here’s what I learned about myself: I’m happy I asked the question and I don’t care about the reaction. If anything the response was an indication that my question was a good one. You can’t tell me that no one else was thinking the same thing. I would have been disappointed leaving the event without inquiring. There are times you can’t go with the flow, because nothing is learned or accomplished. I wish Tommy had said a bit more about it, but he was very nice and even took a picture with me afterwards.
Let me know what you think.