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Last night was the much-anticipated interview with Torre on Larry King Live on CNN. Unfortunately I did not catch it, but I read an article on the Daily News about the interview. Among things that caught my eye:
- Joe Torre doesn’t feel the book burned bridges or should change his relationship with the Yankees. He says there isn’t anything in the book that is personal or would attack others.
- Torre is shocked at the reaction (negative) that he’s received — but understands that people are being defensive, especially David Wells.
- Torre also said that the book subject was raised before the 2007 season and he had agreed to do it before he left the Yankees.
- About A-Rod, Torre says his main focus was to tell Alex not to put too much pressure on himself and to just focus on playing. He says that A-Rod and Jeter were not best friends (obviously) but they were professionals who worked well together.
Torre’s not the kind of person to embellish the truth or lie, so I am inclined to believe him, and therefore, I will reserve all judgment until I read the book when I get it — and Amazon better ship it ON TIME.
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Also, Alex Belth of Bronx Banter sat down to interview Tom Verducci on Joe Torre’s book on SI.com.
It’s 3 webpages worth of dialogue between the two men, and there are some points I think you all should look at.
- Torre cites David Cone as the real leader of the clubhouse before Jeter was appointed captain. Cone was so instrumental in keeping the team together, Torre says.
- Torre also explains some of his mistakes, including the 2001 World Series, game 7.
- Losing Clemens, Pettitte and Wells was a big blow to the Yankees after 2003, according to Torre. They went to an all-righty rotation and had weak bats with a poor farm system.
- This book touches up a lot on Damon’s 2006 season where he seriously thought about retiring.
- How Jeter was so banged up in the 2001 World Series that he still, to today, won’t admit he was playing hurt. Verducci calls Jeter “fiercely, eternally unyielding.”
- The transformation of Alex Rodriguez from 2004 to today where he no longer worries about trying to please everyone (and in essence, be like Jeter).
The interview is worth 10 minutes of your time. Read it! Then read the book on Tuesday!
Joe Torre is scheduled to make an appearance Friday night on Larry King Live on CNN. This will be Torre’s first interview regarding the book.
King, who is known for his love of sports, especially baseball is looking forward to the interview. “Torre’s a big story, and actually, all the attention he’s getting has spurred him on even more,” said King, to MLB.com. “We expect a lot of people to be interested in this, and I’m very interested in it. I haven’t spoken to Joe about it, and I’m sure looking forward to asking him a lot of questions about this book.”
The Yankees will be featured on National TV several times this season. Here is the schedule of national appearances on Fox and ESPN.
April 18 – Cleveland @ NY Yankees – Fox
April 25 – Yankees @ Boston – Fox
April 26 – Yankees @ Boston – ESPN (Sunday Night)
May 23 – Philadelphia @ Yankees – Fox
June 13 – NY Mets @ Yankees – Fox
July 11 – Yankees @ LA Angels – Fox
Aug 1 – Chicago White Sox @ Yankees – Fox
Aug 8 – Boston @ Yankees – Fox
Aug 22 – Yankees @ Boston – Fox
September 26 and October 3 are the last two weekends of the season. It will be decided at a later date which teams will play on Fox, based on who is making playoff runs. I am also sure there will be some appearances on the MLB Network.
David Wells spoke up on the Micheal Kay show this week about Joe Torre’s new book in which Torre says some disparaging things about Wells and his experience with the pitcher. Responding to the question of what he would do if he saw Torre in the next month or so, Wells said, laughing, “I’d knock him out. You know what? I probably wouldn’t say anything. I would probably laugh at him.”
“I’ve always said if you weren’t Joe’s boy, he could care less about you,” Wells said. “He ran his tight ship the way he wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, he is not a bad manager. I just thought he was a bad individual, because of the fact he didn’t treat everybody the same. He had his boys. He let certain guys do their thing. He wouldn’t let other guys do other things.”
Torre wrote, “The difference between Kevin Brown and David Wells is that both make your life miserable, but David Wells meant to.”
Wells said he plans to buy the book. “I’d like to go buy the book,” Wells said. “He can have his 27 bucks. It doesn’t matter to me. Just to read it to see how much BS is in that.”
Wells pitched for Torre and the Yanks during the ’97-’98 seasons and again during the ’02-’03 seasons. He also pitched a perfect game while a member of the Yankees.