Impressions of Joe Torre’s book

Torre.jpg“The Yankee Years” is sitting on my coffee table right now, neighbored by a Frank Sinatra retrospective and the authorized history of the Ford Mustang. (Alas, I haven’t found Cosmo Kramer’s coffee table book on coffee tables.)

I said that I’d reserve judgment on Joe Torre’s book until I had a chance to crack its spine. Well, here it is:

This book didn’t need to be written.

That said, I’m glad it was.

As someone who was around the clubhouse the last year of Torre’s tenure, it’s amazing to read what was going on behind the closed doors – information that just wasn’t available to reporters and could only be known by the people who were actually involved in the day-to-day operations. Torre keeps talking about how this book will be a piece of history – I’d say it already is.

It’s not the salacious tell-all some people want you to believe it is. It’s a baseball book by an excellent writer in Verducci, with Torre speaking up as the main source – a man uniquely qualified to comment on the Yankees during that 12 year period, because he lived it.

If you cared about the Yankees from 1996 through 2007 – rooted for them
in the World Series, bought tickets to Yankee Stadium, wore an
interlocking ‘NY’ cap around town – it’s only natural to want to know
what actually happened. This book gives you a taste.

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**groan**

Does he talk about Juicing in this book? If he doesn’t, then it’s a pile of rancid feces filled with maggots and fungus.

*rolls eyes*

Who the hell cares what Torre says here? He probably did just as much “covering up” for the widespread drug use in this league as anyone.

Joe Torre is A-FRAUD.

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Reading.
Spring training preview-Peter Abraham
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/02/06/spring-training-preview/

The CF question-Sam Borden
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/02/05/the-cf-question/

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Sheets still wasn’t a high-risk due to this fact: every contract is pending a physical. It was a physical that cancelled the two-year deal that Sheets signed with the Rangers and it would be the physical that would have canceled any deal he and the Yanks would have hammered out. That said, I am very happy that Pettitte was signed over Sheets. My point, their was very little risk with Sheets, for the Yanks, if he was signed to a one-year incentive laden package.

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Actually it was a coffee table book on coffee table books that opened up to be a table itself.

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Joe Torre managed the Yankees during the George S. era for 12 years. That in itself speaks volumes about the type of manager he was. Everybody knows AROD is a bit self-absorbed, that Carl Pavano was not a good move, that Mariano Rivera threw the ball into center against the Dbacks, that David Wells is a piece of work, and that Gary Sheffield and Kevin Brown are difficult. I knew that long before Joe wrote this book. To manage this team through that magnificent stretch and for him to write about it will be a treat for me as I relive, with deeper understanding, the best Yankee era since the 50′s and 60′s. Thanks Joe for your willingness to share with us, the fans.

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Pudge close to Marlins return.
I’d rather give Bernie a shot in center than Andruw Jones. We’ll get a better idea of where Bernie is at in the classic.

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Mo was better last year than 07. He is coming off shoulder surgery.
One thing about Torre’s book so far is the idea of Jeter leading off. Followed by Cano and Damon at 3?

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I think the comment moose made about mo, is really true if you think about the big games mo has blown. All things come to a end and Mo Rivera has been sliding in crucial games the last few years. Moose is on to something.

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Just read about Sheets’ surgery. Poor guy, but very glad we didn’t go after him.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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For those who wanted Sheets over Pettitte, Sheets is hurt needs elbow surgery. This information was not in the medical reports.

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Funny you mentioned crack the spine, one of my kids literally did. I left the book on the bed/trampoline.

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Moose blog coming soon?

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Is Moose headed to TV? He’d be an excellent announcing, especially if he calls an Indians’ game and shitbomber takers the mound. Is he getting the itch to play again and can’t shut up?

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That sounds great Bryan. I wasn’t sure I was going to read it but now I will.

I’m still trying to find Kramer’s coffee table books on coffee tables but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

Sean Serritella

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Hi, Bryan …

I just purchased the Joe Torre book, and, also, Jane Heller’s “Confessions of a She-Fan” book last night !!! … I look forward to reading both books !!! … Also, it will be interesting to watch the Joe Torre interview with Bob Costas tonight on the MLB Network [8:00 p.m. EST] … It should be very informative, and the questions should be a lot more tougher than the “softball” questions that Larry King was tossing at Torre in his interview on King’s show last week !!! … Take care, Bryan, and, “Congratulations” on “Bombers Beat” ranking #3 on the new MLB Pro Blog “Leader’s List” !!! ……….. Jimmy [27NYY],”BY&L” … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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Thanks for an honest opinion of the book. I look forward to reading it.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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