Bygones being bygones, water having passed under the bridge, images in the rear view are not as close as they appear…. in other words, the lingering animosity between Joe Torre and the Yankees organization seems to have dissipated:
“I don’t know if I’m letting the cat out of the bag but I was invited back for Old-Timer’s Day,” Torre said Thursday evening at George Steinbrenner Field. “So maybe now they’ll withdraw the invitation.”
A Torre love-fest was completely inevitable, just like Derek Jeter reaching 3,000 hits. It’ll be a wonderful moment where we get to relive some of the great moments from the Torre Era. For a period of time, Torre could do no wrong in New York and his ascent coincided with The Boss’ descent. The “Clueless Joe” headline (to the right) was something I’ll never forget. I remember chatting with a buddy at work at the time, remarking that Torre had better get the team out of the gates fast or he won’t last, much like so many other managers during The Boss’ reign.
David Cone won the opening game of that 1996 season (Jeter batted 9th for those concerned) and the Yanks began April at 13-10 and accelerated in May with a 16-11 record. The Yanks finished the 1996 season with a 92-70 record, eventually blitzing through the Rangers (3-1), Orioles (4-1) and famously against the heavily favored Braves (4-2), thanks in part to Andy Pettitte‘s ridiculous Game 5 showing. Among my most favorite seasons ever. So thank you, Mr. Torre, 1996 Manager of the Year.
And yes, they need to have Zim and Stottlemyre with him.