Is Torre’s legacy at the Yankees in shatters? Is he no longer welcome to the Stadium? Will his old players, especially those who looked up to him, revere him anymore?
All of these questions will be answered during the book tour, according to Bob Klapisch. Torre started last Friday with his appearance on Larry King Live and will continue tonight and tomorrow and the rest of the week in the NYC area.
Mike Mussina, one of Torre’s former players on the phone said: “Joe has started something that a lot of people are going to have to answer to,”… “Joe’s going to have to answer to it too, but it won’t be as bad for him because he’s with the Dodgers now. But it’s going to be bad for the guys he left behind.”
Torre has been labeled as criticizing players such as A-Rod, Randy Johnson, David Wells, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown and others. Mussina says: “I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.”
Klapisch says that
Even so, Torre should do what’s right and take responsibility for “The Yankee Years” collateral damage. He can’t play dumb to the broken trust. He can’t blame his well-respected co-writer, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci. There’s only one way out for Torre now, and it begins with the two words missing in this compelling book: I’m sorry.
All of Torre’s legacy will depend on what is exactly said and what Torre does.