01.26.09 10 years ago 17 Comments

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 Alex Rodriguez, who he says was called “A-Fraud” by his teammates after he developed a “Single White Female”-like obsession with team captain Derek Jeter 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 owner George Steinbrenner that 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**

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