Just arrived at Yankee Stadium and everybody is buzzing about George Steinbrenner’s ultimatum to Joe Torre.
Basically, either the Yankees win this series or Torre is fired.
Whether it was a good idea by Big Stein or not isn’t really the point. It’s his team and he can say or do what he wants. Besides …
2003: Yankees lost in World Series
2004: Yankees lost in ALCS
2005: Yankees lost division series in 5 games
2006: Yankees lost division series in 4 games
2007: Yankees down 0-2 in division series
Steinbrenner is 77 and losing patience. He can see the trend as well as anybody because he signs the checks. I’m not convinced somebody other than Torre would make a big difference. In fact, somebody else could make things much, much worse.
But the idea of at least trying somebody else starts to make sense at some point.
Besides, Steinbrenner can always fire Torre and bring him back in a year or two. He’s done it before. Torre has managed 12 years. The Yankees had seven managers in the 12 years prior to that.
Hold on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride. Just remember one thing: Torre has been a survivor since he got this job. The Yankees have beat Cleveland three times in a row twice already this season, after all.