Until 1996, Joe Torre had much stronger connections to the Braves, Cardinals and Mets than to the Yankees. He had played for three different teams and managed three different teams before he finally wore the pinstripes.
Don Mattingly is a different story.
“Donnie looks a little bit more weird to me than Joe,” Jorge Posada said. “Joe, I have seen him in different unis before he got to New York, but Donny looks strange in that blue.”
There will be a lot of sentiment toward Torre this weekend, but it’s doubtful Mattingly will be completely lost in the shuffle.
“Donnie can do whatever he wants in baseball,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Coach. Manage. General manager. Front office. He’s just got a perfect demeanor. Full of information. He was one of my role models growing up. He played the way that every young child should want to play the game. I wish him well. I think he’s in line to get a great managing job.”