Joe Torre hosted his annual “Safe at Home” gala at Chelsea Piers on Friday night, and there were still a ton of Yankees in attendance especially since Mariano Rivera was being honored on the 10-year anniversary of the 1999 World Series where he was MVP.
Torre told reporters there that it was a little “surreal” for him to see the Yankees winning the World Series without him, “but to watch what they’ve done, and especially with Joe Girardi at the helm, it really made me feel good even though I’m supposed to be a National League fan. When you’re as close to these guys as I have been for all these years, I was just real pleased for them.” Torre, by the way, is apparently in discussions to extend his Dodgers deal for one more year.
There was plenty of talk about former Yankee John Wetteland, who was admitted to the hospital under bizarre circumstances this week after a possible suicide attempt. “I will pray for him,” Rivera said.
Hideki Matsui said he would be disappointed if he did not remain a Yankee, but would also embrace the challenge of playing elsewhere. “If that happens, I think it would be disappointing,” Matsui told reporters through an interpreter. “On the other hand, it’s something to look forward to. It means that it’s going to be a new change and something different for me, a new challenge. In that sense, I’ll definitely take it in a positive way. The Yankees have their own plans, too, and you have to respect that.”