Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci interviewed former Yankees manager Joe Torre extensively for their co-written book, The Yankee Years (published by Doubleday, out next week). It includes several unflattering portraits of Yankee players and front-office brass, which the New York Post somehow translated to mean that Torre was “ripping” his former co-workers in a new “tell-all.” Verducci has since done a Q&A to correct the tabloid’s sensationalist smear, but it’s still worth looking at the Post’s story:
Torre gets most personal in his attacks against, who he says was called “A-Fraud” by his teammates after he developed a “Single White Female”-like obsession with team captain and asked for a personal clubhouse assistant to run errands for him.
Dammit, I wasted my best “Single White Female” joke in the link dump this morning. The following tidbit, however, was my favorite:
The book also reveals that, during spring training in 1999, team doctors revealed to ownerthat Torre had prostate cancer – even before informing the manager himself.
That just kinda blows my mind. Doctor: “Mr. Steinbrenner, Torre has cancer. Shall I tell him?” Steinbrenner: “Eh, no rush. This power trip is gettin’ me hard.”
POLL: Will Torre’s book change your opinion of the Yankees? Long answer: No. Short answer: **wanking motion**