MLB just hosted a press conference to honor Bobby Cox, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Joe Torre, and the room was packed. The reporters spilled well beyond the seats. Tony LaRussa was in the crowd. My plan was to stop for a few minutes to listen while I finished my coffee, but it was too engaging to walk away. If nothing else, baseball is a game that appreciates it’s history, and it’s hard to ignore that group.
Torre was, of course, asked about Derek Jeter.
“No question, I don’t wear those rings without Derek Jeter on our club,” Torre said. “We were fortunate to have Derek (at) my Safe At Home Foundation. We honored him in November before he signed. He’s a very private person. I said at that time, and I’m glad it turned out that way, it’s hard for me to believe the Yankees wouldn’t want him back. And I know that’s the only ball club he ever wanted to play for. I’m just happy it worked out for him.
“I talked to him a couple of times over the last, well actually, I talked to him once over the last few weeks and we’ve communicated through the texting, which my daughter taught me how to do. As I say, he’s very private. I’m sure he’s happy it’s over with. What can I say? He’s a special young man, not only the baseball part of the game, but he’s just been a great role model for all the young kids. To do that in New York, especially as a single player where there are a lot of distractions that can certainly cut into what you do, I think he’s been tremendous. Hopefully he continues to stay healthy.”