The initial feedback on Joe Torre’s book has been mixed. David Wells joked he would “knock him out” the next time he saw Torre, then said more seriously he would probably just laugh at him. Columnists and analysts have criticized Torre (and co-author Tom Verducci) for including behind-the-scenes details of the Yankees clubhouse. Many players, including Derek Jeter, have said nothing because they haven’t read it yet.
I wonder how the fans will react. Yes, it’s obvious there are strong emotions in the posts/comments already written on here and elsewhere on the web. And while I respect the anonymity of the internet as a necessity in the kinds of discussions we have here, I do think there’s a big difference between ripping Torre on here (saying he’s no longer a Yankee or unwelcome back at Yankee Stadium) and then letting him know about it in person.
So, I’ll be curious to see what happens at the book signing in Manhattan in a few hours. Obviously it won’t just be Torre-supporters there because, if we’re being honest, even those who have ripped him will almost surely still read the book. Even Wells, who hates Torre as much as anyone, said he was probably going to buy it. The question is: Will there be mostly cheers or Bronx cheers? We’ll see.
I’m also hoping that Torre will give a few minutes to the reporters who show up. There are no guarantees but, if he does, here’s something for all of you to ponder:
What would you ask? What’s the one thing you’d want to know? I’ll try to check back before he arrives and, if he does talk, do what I can to sneak one or two of your questions in.