Just returned from the press conference. I’m sure most of you either listened or have heard what Joe Torre had to say by now.
Obviously he handled himself with the class and dignity that marked his tenure with the Yankees.
He also was brutally honest. Torre said he was insulted by the Yankees offering him a performance-based contract for one season after all he had done for the franchise. He said it wouldn’t be fair to the players to have a weakened, lame-duck manager.
“I think players put undo pressure on themselves when they think they have to save the manager’s job,” Torre said. “That’s the type of pressure I’ve tried to take out of the clubhouse.”
Torre also said he felt that Brian Cashman was his only supporter. He also revealed that the “offer” was take it or leave it. He saw through what the Tampa Trio and Randy Levine were up to.
Sadly, Torre refused comment when asked whether he would return for Old Timers’ Day or some sort of ceremony. Obviously he is very angry with the team and their lack of support for him.
His most telling comment: “I like to work with people.”
In other words, the Yankees would be better off without certain people in the front office having personal agendas.
Torre refused to recommend a replacement. But he warned the next manager to have both eyes wide open.
Best to have an eye in the back of your head, too.