Tommy Lasorda’s Letter Congratulates New Captain – a Dodgers Fan in ‘Angel Territory’

Newly appointed Anaheim Police Capt. Raul Quezada plans to frame the congratulatory letter on his wall – and schedule more meetings in his office.

Capt. Raul Quezada

Just so his colleagues can stare at it.

It’s a letter from Tommy Lasorda, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers coach and special advisor to the team’s chairman.

“It’s an awesome feeling to have Tommy Lasorda acknowledge my promotion and take the time to send me a letter,” said Quezada, a lifelong Dodgers fan. “What an awesome man.”

In the letter, Lasorda said “all of us can be rest assured of being safer because of your leadership.”

When Quezada received his captain bars a few weeks ago, his colleagues – mostly Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans – gave him a hard time about his allegiance to the other Los Angeles team.

Framed Dodgers jersey in new captain's office


As 200 people watched, Lt. Tim Miller presented Quezada with an Angels cap and put it on his head. Quezada quickly removed it.

“I owe you,” he told Miller.

But the fun didn’t end at the ceremony. His colleagues covered the Dodgers gear in Quezada’s office with Angels gear.

“Once the letter is framed, I will purposely host meetings in my office where my colleagues will be forced to see my letter,” he said.

He said he will place it on a wall next to a framed Dodgers jersey with his last name on it – a gift from his former crew.

The rivalry continues, Quezada says, adding: “It’s all in fun.”

To view Lasorda’s letter, click here.

Capt. Raul Quezada, a Dodger fan, dons an Anaheim Angels cap after being appointed captain

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