Joe’s Ax needs some grinding

So Joe Torre has some things to say about The Steinbrenner’s, Brian Cashman and A Rod in an upcoming book.

First of all, the notion that A Rod was and/or is obsessed with Jeter can’t exactly be a newsflash to any Yankee fan who’s been paying attention for the last nine years or so.

Remember before he became a Yankee when A Rod popped off in some article just before spring training how no one really fears Jeter because he bats leadoff?…

Here’s the truth, boys and girls.

With all of his talent and money, he still doesn’t have what Jeter has….And I’m not just talking about the four World Series rings.

Truth be told, right now if the Yankees are down by a run in the bottom of the ninth with a man in scoring position, Derek Jeter is STILL the man I want to see walking to the plate.

He has a history of coming through when it’s absolutely needed.

A Rod does not.

He can break Hank Aaron’s record. (As far as I’m concerned, it’s STILL BELONG TO AARON!) He can break Roger Maris’s record (Same thinking applies!).

But if until A Rod get’s the big hit that helps the Yankees win a championship, he’ll always be thought of the Yankee that couldn’t while Jeter will always be thought of the Yankee that did.

As far as Joe Torre is concerned. He was good for the Yankees, but the Yankees were good for him too.

He came along at just the right time and had a helluva lot to do with the last Yankee dynasty.

But before that, he was a failure. He had moderate success with the Braves. But he was far from successful with the Mets or the Cardinals.

The Yankees took a flyer on him. And as things turned out, it was just what the Yankees needed at the time.

And I can honestly say that I was sorry to see him go, but there was one instance that made me think it was past time for him to go.

October 7th, 2006. Game four of the ALDS Yankees at Tigers.

Before the game began, one of the commentators noted that Torre was asked what he told his team before the game that meant possible elimination.

He replied by saying that they were veterans and that he didn’t need to tell them anything.

They went on to lose in a most disgusting fashion.

Jeremy Bonderman was a great pitcher, but it’s easy for a pitcher to have a great game when opposing batters are swinging at the first pitch they see and grounding and/or popping out. This is exactly what the Yankees did.

Bonderman made it to the ninth inning by throwing ninety-nine pitches while the Yankees continued to swing at anything remotely near the plate while trying to hit that elusive five run homer.

But Joe didn’t need to tell his team anything, right?

It was also the game that Joe batted A Rod 8th in the line up.

Now A Rod was struggling. But looking at what’s been reported about the book so far, it’s hard to determine whether Torre batted A Rod 8th to jump start something or because he resented him and was being vindictive.

As gentle as he comes across, I would be willing to be that he can hold a grudge and can be just as passive aggressive as anyone.

And doesn’t this book kind of contradict the whole Joe ‘I’m just an assuming baseball man who fell into the right situation’ Torre mystique?

Oh well, Joe needed to take a shot I guess. And he has some legitimate gripes.

But it’s not like he didn’t have some hand in his departure.

Oh well, I guess we can never know why anyone does anything.

Good thing spring training is just around the corner.


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