Dodgers honor Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers honored Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton with his own bobblehead night held at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. Sutton, who is currently the Atlanta Braves broadcaster, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

Twenty-five years after he retired from the Dodgers, Sutton received his bobblehead and was thrilled to be able to be able to throw out the first pitch from the mound that saw him create so many great performances and special memories for the Dodgers and their fans.
 
“It’s always great to come back here,” said the Dodgers’ franchise leader in wins with 233.

He had 324 victories overall to tie him with Nolan Ryan for the 14th most wins ever. He also recorded 58 shutouts, good for 10th all-time.

“Being back in the ballpark brings back some wonderful memories,” Sutton added.
 
And not just for Sutton.
 
“He was one of the most competitive players who ever played for me,” former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said. “He hated to lose and he wore the Dodger uniform with a lot of pride.”
 
Former teammate and current Dodger broadcaster Rick Monday said Sutton’s best attribute was his ability to concentrate and never lose his cool on the mound.
 
“Guys would try to play mental games with Sut,” Monday said, who played with Sutton from 1977-1979. “It very rarely worked. He was not going to let another player or the circumstances of the game beat him.
 
“He was one of the greatest pitchers I ever saw.”