At one point yesterday afternoon, Brian Costa and I started laughing at the scene we’d just left behind.
The Yankees were not playing in Anaheim, but the Dodgers clubhouse had been full of more New York writers than L.A. writers. When Joe Torre finally walked into the dugout, he made a few cracks at George King, then said the obvious about tonight’s game.
“It’s going to be crazy,” he said. “But that’s fine.”
Yankees fans seem torn at best, angry at worst. Alex Rodriguez seems indifferent to his old manager, but the Core Four can’t wait to see Torre again. Me? I have no strong feelings about the man. As a player he had some great years on St. Louis teams that my dad really loved, and until I got this job, that was my strongest connection to him.
But I tend to agree with Mike Vaccaro: Yes, the ending was ugly, and that should not be forgotten, but it also should not erase some of the great years in this franchise’s history.
These next three games are going to be crazy, and you’re going to be pounded over the head with images and stories of Joe Torre. If you’re not sick of them already, you probably will be by Sunday.
But there’s also a lot to be enjoyed about this weekend, and I hope you’re able to do that as well.