I planned to do a postgame post from U.S. Cellular Field. But when you can get a cab late at night on the South Side of Chicago, you get the cab.
It was interesting to hear Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada talk about Joe Torre winning his 2,000th game. They have great respect for the man. Whoever gets that job next is going to have a big task on their hands.
A lot of you seem to think managing is looking at the ERA + stats and picking the right reliever on a given night. If that were so, Bill James would have 2,000 wins. Managing is having the guts to sit Jeter and Posada knowing it’s for the best long term and not worrying about what people will say if you lose.
Managing is sitting with Alex Rodriguez in a tiny office in Toronto and letting him know that the baseball field can be his haven and to forget about the tabloids and the gossip and just play.
I have no idea what was said in that room. I just know Alex has mashed since he walked out.
There was, of course, one sourpuss in the room. That would be our old friend Michael Cole Mussina. He was furious about being lifted in the seventh after 79 pitches then watching the Yankees score nine runs.
He was being so grumpy that I finally said, “why are you so upset” and he went off.
“Why am I upset? Because I threw 80 pitches (79 actually) and I think I could have thrown 110. I just felt like I could have kept going, thatâ€™s all.
“I wanted to keep pitching. I donâ€™t know what would have happened but I wanted to keep pitching. Itâ€™s not my choice sometimes.”
Give a listen to the exchange:
Here is Torre’s postgame: