And while Brian Cashman approached Torre to deal with the issues earlier in the day, I want to give Torre a lot of credit today. This was his first trip back to the Bronx, and it was a very humble one. This wasn’t Joe Torre Day, in fact, Torre wasn’t even announced to the crowd. He was just there, along with Mattingly, Yogi, Reggie, Boomer, and the rest of the former Yankees. This night was all about The Boss, and Torre understood that perfectly. The Yankees invited him, and Joe flew all the way across the country to spend his night honoring George. Torre wasn’t playing the returning hero last night, he was repenting; silently, symbolically, publicly, apologizing to the Steinbrenner family and the Yankee organization. And for that, Joe Torre deserves some major kudos.
There will be a Joe Torre day. Possibly as early as next season, Torre will get a plaque in Monument Park and have the number 6 retired in his honor. Because the Yankees haven’t issued the number to anyone else since his departure, Torre will have been the last Yankee to wear it. 3 months ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you whether or not that would happen with any real certainty, but Joe earned it last night. We’ve all had messy break-ups of some kind or another, and it’s time to let the pain of this one fade and move on to remembering the good times.
Welcome back Joe.