I guess this will be one of the many major stories this off-season, and I don’t see this stopping any time soon. This book has become very controversial, and people have different opinions on it. Not only will he be on Letterman, and doing his book signing at the Yogi Berra Museum, but he will also be on Larry King Live this Friday.
I think the only way you can judge Torre is after you read the book. Most people are just taking stuff from headlines and bashing Torre.
Here are some of the headlines:
Torre issues first comments on book
In his first public comments since excerpts from his book, “The Yankees Years,” began to surface over the weekend, Joe Torre told The New York Times on Tuesday that he is prepared to answer for the contents of the final product.
In the book, a third-person collaboration with Tom Verducci, Torre touches on a variety of controversial topics — among them, his dealings behind closed doors with Alex Rodriguez, general manager Brian Cashman and more.
“Knowing that my name is on it, I know I’m going to have to answer for it,” Torre told the Times in a telephone interview from Hawaii, where he is on vacation.
“I’m comfortable with what I contributed to the book, even though I’m probably going to get more credit or more blame than I deserve, whichever way you want to look at it.”
Torre’s book: Selfish players ended Yankee dynasty
Beyond the blunt critiques of Alex Rodriguez and rising tensions with Brian Cashman, one theme dominates “The Yankee Years,” the new book “co-authored” by Joe Torre:
That the Yankees of the former manager’s final six seasons were a self-absorbed, overpaid imitation of the famously gritty bunch that brought him four rings in his first six years.
“It was just not an unselfish team,” Torre says of the revelation that hit him in 2002.
“The team wasn’t tough enough . . . A lot of those players are more concerned about what it looks like as opposed to getting dirty and just getting it done. Those other teams, they were ferocious.”
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But Torre doesn’t hold back, with more than his share of caustic comments about other players, too:
On Kevin Brown: “I think he had some emotional issues. There were a lot of demons in this guy. It was sad.”
On David Wells: “The difference between Kevin Brown and David Wells is that both make your life miserable, but David Wells meant to.”
On : “The players all hated him. It was no secret.”
In ‘The Yankee Years,’ David Cone spills juice on Joe Torre’s clubhouse
According to the authors, players often joked about teammates who worked out with McNamee when he served as an assistant strength coach for the Yankees in 2000-2001, especially players who grew dramatically stronger, bigger and leaner in a short period of time. “He’s on Mac’s program,” was the joke, or “He’s on The Program.”
“They were on his program, guys like Roger, Andy and maybe (Mike) Stanton,” the book quotes Cone as saying. He says he thought McNamee “had some GNC stuff he was putting in shakes, maybe creatine or Andro or whatever you can get over the counter.”
“I didn’t like McNamee,” Cone said in the book. “Not that he was a bad guy. I never thought he was properly vetted.”
Torre: I didn’t feel ‘betrayed’
“I heard the word ‘betrayed’ and I knew that it wasn’t part of the actual book,” Torre told The New York Times yesterday by telephone from Hawaii in his first interview about the book. “I can tell you this much: I know there’s stuff Brian and I disagreed on, and I had one perception and he had another, which, to me, there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re obviously two different people.”
MUSSINA SAYS TORRE BOOK WON’T HURT: A-ROD CAN HANDLE ANOTHER DISTRACTION
“He’s the best player that I’ve had a chance to play with,” Mussina told The Post. “And he works hard at it and if he sat around and worried about everything that happened, he wouldn’t be able to be the player that he is.
“I was in that clubhouse for eight years. I’ve seen a lot of stuff go on. A lot of stories go out. I’ve seen Alex deal with a lot of things, this past year and in other years. I don’t foresee this as being a major issue.”
“What goes on in the clubhouse and teammates razzing or giving each other a hard time doesn’t necessarily mean we’re cutting into people,” Mussina said. “Did I ever hear anybody call him that? It’s possible. But that doesn’t mean it’s meant in a harsh way. We’re stuck together for six months and we’re trying to have fun with each other and get people motivated. I don’t look at that as something that’s nasty. Yeah, maybe it was wrong, but it’s what guys do.”
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