You knew that there would be some major fallout from the multitude of revelations in Joe Torre’s new tell-all tome, and it seems that it will be severe. According to Wally Matthews, the Yankee organization is quietly fuming, and Joe will join the likes of Jim Bouton and be banned from Yankee functions.
That means all those little perks that go with being a Legendary Former Yankee have probably gone up in smoke, like all those burning bridges along the Harlem River. The plaque in Monument Park? Back in the box. The retired number? Cross it out. The chance to march out and flash the Papal Wave at Old-Timer’s Day? Wave bye-bye to that idea……..Although none of the principals have commented publicly, I have it on impeccable authority that general manager Brian Cashman is “devastated,” team president Randy Levine angry enough to be considering having future managers sign some sort of confidentiality agreement, and various players so disgusted with their former manager that they’ll even embrace Alex Rodriguez……. “The same thing he was so upset with Wells and Jose Canseco about, he did himself,” the source said. “He violated the sanctity of the organization, the sanctity of the clubhouse. He broke the trust we had in him.”
I hate when exiles of this nature happen, as all it does is mar our memories of the good times that the now exiled individual was a part of. Joe Torre belongs in monument park and should have his number retired. His tenure as manager should be recalled fondly as a time when a soft spoken manager captured the hearts of Yankees fans and helped the team to glory. However, it is only for the fans and their remembrances that I feel for. In regard to Joe, he brought this upon himself, and he must reap what he has sown. As the “source” says, he violated the trust that the organization put in him, and there is no reason for the organization to take steps to honor him. Hopefully, this will all blow over some day, and Joe will take his rightful place among the pantheon of Yankee greats. Until then, his absence at Old Timer’s days and similar ceremonies will serve as a strong reminder that betraying the trust of the people close to you has its consequences.