28 Jan 2009
The Yankees are apparently ready to start censoring their players in the future. The money quote is this from an "unamed official": "Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust. But we never expected what we got from Joe. We may have to get a little tougher on this issue."
It is silly to get tougher on this issue and it is silly to react at all. Torre is the one who comes off the worst in this and it is easy to question Verducci’s motives in this book. (Verducci used to work for the YES Network, but was fired after writing this. I think the Yankees would have been best served by just ignoring this and letting Torre try and explain why he felt the need to do this in the first place.
But, they didn’t do that and now I wonder when the Yankees take the more obvious step. When do they take #6 and put it on the back of someone else? We always assumed that Torre would return to New York someday and have his number retired, but I think that is a distant dream now. The Yankees are pissed, Torre is hurt and I don’t see how either side moves past this.
Maybe with time the two sides will reconcile, but I have a feeling that #6 will have been given away long before that.