Monday, January 26, 2009

Get Off My Lawn!


I haven't had the chance to read Joe Torre's new greed-induced endeavor autobiography yet, but judging by some of the reviews I've read, while there are some shots taken at certain players, GM Brian Cashman, and of course the Boss, it's far from an unprovoked attack on the Yankees. But is it timely? Sort of, considering Torre is still a relatively fresh name amongst the New York sports media, who have nothing better to write about until A-Rod goes prancing shirtless through the park again. So is Torre's rant distasteful? Eh, maybe. Torre, who was deemed a "loser" manager before joining the Yankees in '96, should remember why he's able to write a book that will become a bestseller and tabloid fodder for weeks to come, instead of coaching some Dominican Winter League outside of San Cristobal.

Personally, I'm all for a "tell-all" penned by a former, disgruntled employee. Why not? It won't affect the Yankees in any way. Does anyone who knows anything about this team really think A-Rod doesn't have a "Single White Female" complex when it comes to Jeter? We all know he does. Does anyone really think George Steinbrenner gets a bad rap and is actually easy to work for? No, that's old news. My issue with the book is, Torre complains about being treated, "unfairly". So, being thrust to the helm of a winning team, acquiring four World Series Rings, and collecting millions of dollars in return for your services is "unfair" treatment? Give me a break. If that's "unfair", then I'm calling the fucking cops, because the way I'm being treated at work is borderline torture.

My feeling is, Torre's most likely suffering from cranky old man syndrome. He's getting old. Old people become surly. They lose patience faster. Their bones ache when the temperature drops below 70. They forget things. Sometimes they will walk from one end of the house to the other, only to completely forget why they did so. I'll give Joe the benefit of the doubt, and assume he's starting to forget things. that way, we can all pat him on the head and tell him he's a sweet person, make sure he takes his pills, and assure him that Grandma will be coming back from the store annnnny minute now.

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