Author? The late, great John Updike was an author. Torre is a guy who told a few stories to somebody else and cashed a check.
At any rate, I’ll be watching Friday Night Lights. I’m much more concerned with Coach Taylor and the Panthers than seeing Larry King yuck it up with Torre.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: The Associated Press reported on the interview and there doesn’t seem to have been much of substance. There certainly wasn’t an apology.
“I was just letting people know what goes into the decision-making, and I think I did that without violating any confidences,” Torre said after he talked to King.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Sports Illustrated.com released an interview with Tom Verducci tonight. Alex Belth conducted the Q&A and does a good job.
Kudos to Doubleday, which handled the publicity masterfully. The mainstream media and even bloggers have been puppets all week. There’s been a ruckus based on a few passages in a 477-page book.
I still don’t think Torre should have betrayed confidences. But this will be a 24-hour story in spring training. The veteran players will say they either didn’t read the book or that they don’t care and that will be that.