Lasorda plays up the celebrity angle. "A guy like me has to turn down movie and TV roles all the time," he says. "If you play here, young man, you'll get offers too." He hands Langston a couple of jars of Tommy Lasorda's Chunky Tomato Marinara Pasta Sauce.
Later in the day, the Langston entourage descends on the recording studio of rock musician Bruce Hornsby, whom Langston once met backstage in Seattle. Hornsby asks Michelle about the bidding for her husband: "How would you handicap this?"
"I just have one prediction," she says. "We'll be a Dodger."
Standing in the Laker locker room at the Forum, Langston looks slightly embarrassed. He's posing for a picture with forward James Worthy, who doesn't seem to know who Langston is.
"He's a baseball pitcher," says a photographer. "A free agent. Gonna sign for millions."
Worthy eyes Langston soberly. "Well," he says, "better get it while you can get it."
Langston has arrived at the Forum by way of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in Los Angeles. Autry, the Angel owner, conducted the Langstons and Tellem on a tour that was perhaps even more impressive than Lasorda's. He showed them his old saddles, hats and holsters. "By the time he showed me his favorite gun, I was fighting back tears," says Tellem.
Mark, too, is touched by the Singing Cowboy. "I was overwhelmed when I saw him surrounded by all these adoring little old ladies," he says. "It was like he was Michael Jackson, only older."
The souvenir of the day is a cassette called The Gene Autry Story. Tellem finds an omen in the title of one of the songs: There's a Gold Mine in the Sky.