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Walking down memory lane: The Yankees and Red Sox meet tonight in sport’s most heated rivalry. Sometimes, things get a little overheated…

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     SI.com posted an excerpt from the book The Yankees Years. The main topic is how the meetings were handled after the Yanks’ were knocked out of the postseason by the Indians.  Here is a small piece:

So that was it. The 12-year Torre era had come to a nonnegotiable end. Torre’s run ended with a meeting that took little more than 10 minutes. As Torre got up from his seat in Steinbrenner’s office, Hal Steinbrenner said to him, “The door’s always open. You can always work for the YES Network.”

Torre was too stunned to speak, caught between bemusement and anger. Did the Boss’s son really just dangle the consolation of working for the Yankees-run regional television network after the Yankees refused to negotiate with the second-­winningest manager in franchise history?

Torre shook the hands of everybody in the room, starting with George. The old man took his dark glasses off and said, “Good luck, Joe.”

“Thanks again, Boss,” Torre said.

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“Cash was sitting right over my right shoulder,” Torre said, “and never uttered a sound the whole meeting.” Cashman, for his part, says simply, “It was Joe’s meeting.”

Only much later did Torre start to put the picture together of what had happened to his working relationship with Cashman. The personal falling-out they had in 2006 spring training over philosophical issues, Cashman’s decision not to bring back longtime center fielder Bernie Williams when his contract expired in 2006, his submission of odd lineup suggestions based on stats, his lack of regard for Ron Guidry as a pitching coach, his detachment from the “they” who were making an offer to Torre, his failure to offer any comment or support in the meeting that decided Torre’s future, his failure to personally relay Torre’s proposal to find a way to reach an agreement to the Steinbrenners …

Where could Torre find support in the end? His old ally, Swindal, thanks to one DUI charge, had been run out of the organization and the Steinbrenner family. George was not fit enough to deal directly with Torre himself. And now Cashman had retreated to silence with Torre’s job on the line.

“I thought Cash was an ally, I really did,” Torre says. “You know, we had some differences on coaches, and the usefulness of the coaches. I know he ­didn’t think much of Guidry. And [former bench coach Don] Zimmer. You know, Zimmer ­didn’t trust Cash, and I disagreed with Zimmer vehemently for the longest time. Then, you know, you start thinking about things … I have a, I don’t want to say it’s a weakness, but I want to trust people. And I do trust people until I’m proved wrong. And it’s not going to keep me from trusting somebody else tomorrow, because it’s the only way I can do my job.”

Some other things in the news about the book:

Cashman offers support to A-Rod: 

Brian Cashman thinks the Yankees should rally around Alex Rodriguez following a book in which former manager Joe Torre portrayed A-Rod as a divisive figure in the New York clubhouse.

“I think we’ve gone through so much of the Alex stuff that, you know, if anything, maybe this brings people closer together,” Cashman said Monday during a conference call to announce Andy Pettitte was returning to the team in 2009.

In “The Yankee Years,” scheduled for publication Feb. 3, Torre says “Alex monopolized all the attention” and that “he needs people to make a fuss over him.”

BOWA: TEAMMATE SHOTS AT ALEX ALL IN FUN:

 Alex Rodriguez may have been referred to as “A-Fraud,” but it was in jest, says former Yankee coach Larry Bowa.

In Joe Torre’s latest book, “The Yankee Years,” it’s reported that Yankee players referred to A-Rod as “A-Fraud.”

But yesterday, Bowa – Torre’s third-base coach with the Dodgers who filled the same role with the in 2006-07 – told The Post that former Yankee bullpen catcher and batting-practice pitcher Mike Borzello, a good friend of , used to joke around with the star player by sometimes referring to him as “A-Fraud.”

Source: By batting A-Rod 8th in playoffs, Joe Torre wrote him off:

Alex Rodriguez told friends Monday that he is “not bothered at all” by the reports that Joe Torre apparently took some shots at him in his forthcoming book, and dismissed talk of an “A-Fraud” persona or any Derek Jeter obsession as old news that no longer applies to his standing in the Yankee clubhouse.

“He laughed at the stuff because he is so beyond all of that,” one person close to A-Rod said Monday. “Personally he feels like he’s in a great space in his life and felt very comfortable last year in the clubhouse and with his relationship with his teammates.”

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     This will probably tarnish part of Joe Torre’s legacy, but in my mind..it’s the same old Joe. I like him as much as I did before this book came out. Torre was pushed out of NY and he is finally getting his feelings out. I have no problem with it at all. This book sure has caused a big stir in New York and around the sports world. Everything you hear is about Joe Torre and his new book.

I have a copy of the book on it’s way from Barnes & Noble. I can’t wait to read it.

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Nothing ever ends well  /  Yanks Set On Field, But What About the Clubhouse?

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     The WBC provisional rosters will be released at 6PM ET today. It will mark 45 days until the tournament starts on March 5th. The 16 team rosters (up to 28 players) will need to be finalized by Feb. 24. Over 600 players made requests for filling in the rosters this year, but there is a maximum of 448 spots.

      The same teams that participated in ’06, will be in this years tournament. (Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, SouthAfrica, the U.S. and Venezuela) The contest’s brackets will be different though. These games will be played in seven different locations in 4 different countries/territiories. The first game of the tournament will showcase China against the defending champions..Japan in the Tokyo Dome on March 5th. Team USA will start out against Canada on March 7th at Rogers Centre.

The finals will begin on March 23rd at Dodger Stadium.

if your interested in buying tickets…

Tickets for first-round games in Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico, second-round games in Miami and San Diego, and the semifinals and finals in Los Angeles go on sale on Monday. First-round games in Tokyo go on sale on Jan. 31, and first-round games in Mexico City go on sale on Feb. 10.

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1/19 Winter Ball Report  /  Stadium Watchdog Deserves Answers

Don Zimmer says he’s OK following stroke  /  Sheets, Pettitte on Mets’ radar?

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First off…Happy Birthday Don Zimmer. He turns 78 years-old today.

     The St. Petersburg Times reports that Don Zimmer suffered a minor stroke last month. He is getting better though, and is trying to regain the speech and mobility he lost. His goal is to rejoin the Tampa Rays in Spring Training. This would be his 61st season in the game. That’s absolutely amazing. Let’s all hope that Zim has a quick recovery and returns to the baseball diamond this season.

With family gathered at their Seminole condo for wife Soot’s birthday on Dec. 23, several relatives noticed Zimmer was not his usual self. “They could see something was wrong,” he said. “I wasn’t talking right. I was very quiet, and that’s not me. Everyone noticed it.”

Zimmer said an MRI exam and other tests confirmed he “had a small stroke” but he has made considerable progress in the past two weeks. “I’m hoping to be in spring training,” he said.

“I never felt bad,” he said. “I never had anything bother me except that I’m a little wobbly and I’m slow taking a step. A week and a half ago, there’s no way I could talk to you.

”But I’m getting better.”

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Here are a bunch of headlines………

Lastings Milledge to the Yanks?  /  The Great Derek Jeter Conspiracy

Cashman concerned about Rivera & Posada

Yanks were ready to trade Posada for Big Unit & bring in Varitek?

Kubek devotes his time to helping immigrants

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