It’s customary in the blogosphere to pay somebody back who writes something nice about you. But this time I actually mean it.
Neil Best writes the Watchdog blog about sports media and other entertaining things over on Newsday.com. He called me “venerable” yesterday, which is very kind of him. But isn’t somebody like Dave Anderson venerable?
Anyway, Neil had a good post the other day about Michael Kay. It seems that Kay was critical on his radio show of Joe Torre for calling several of his former players, including Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte.
Posada said that Torre called him to ask about his injury. Torre has known Posada since 1996 and considers him a friend. Whether you manage a team in another league or not, it would seem reasonable to call your friend to ask how he is feeling.
I would assume if WFAN’s Chris Russo were hit by a bus, Mike would inquire about his health. OK, bad example. But you get the idea.
Torre also speaks to Joe Girardi fairly often as it turns out. I realize baseball is a competitive business, but people who have been friends for years should not pretend otherwise because they wear different uniforms. I mean, it’s baseball. Calm down.