January 30, 2009

WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?:

Torre cannot hide behind author (Buster Olney, January 27, 2009, ESPN)

Some of the Yankees who found themselves on the receiving end of Joe Torre's seething scowl called it "The Stare" -- his face tight, his mouth frozen into a horizontal line, his dark eyes seemingly blackened by a slight inward tilt of his eyebrows. The Stare was reserved for capital offenses, for missing signs, for awful decisions.

Reporters sometimes got The Stare as well, most often when they asked questions Torre deemed to be driven by a quest for sensationalism, and the manager would chastise them bluntly, the way a fourth-grade teacher speaks to a wayward pupil. When I covered the team for The New York Times, he expressed particular distaste for ESPN, especially after Roger Clemens' beaning of Mike Piazza and the subsequent bat-throwing incident, because he felt the network replayed the ugliness over and over only to sell its programming.

In an honest moment today, Torre would aim The Scowl again -- into a mirror. Because this time, Torre is guilty of fostering and feeding on sensationalism, at the expense of former colleagues.


The main takeaway from Mr. Olney's own excellent book, Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, is the open contempt of Joe Torre and Derek Jeter for the post-Stick Michael team, most of whom they didn't consider "true Yankees." Joe had checked out 8 years ago.



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