Joe Torre, I love you for what you’ve done with us, but you’ve taken things too far. Seriously, stop it.
We get that you felt insulted by the Yankees. We understand that. I can see how their final offer to you was a slap in the face. Personally, I agree that it was time for a change. Obviously you disagree. That’s fine, you’re entitled to your own opinions.
You’re also entitled to choose one of several routes to take, two of which being “classy” and “classless”. So far, despite irrelevant comments here and there, you’ve been relatively classy about it. You said you were happy to see the Yankees win the World Series. That was classy. Yes, your book caused a little controversy, but because we love you, we brushed it off as your co-writer taking cheap shots at the Yankees to make a quick buck. However, your recent comments in an article cannot be brushed off so easily.
Really, Joe Torre? Really? You’re comparing George Steinbrenner to your scumbag abusive father? I know that Papa George is a tough cookie. He was definitely not easy to work with, but the man was tough for a reason: he wanted and expected the best. Why wouldn’t he? He spent a lot on the Yankees, and expects to see the best results.
Welcome to the business world, Joe. I’m sorry George Steinbrenner didn’t hug you enough and tell you he loved you, but to compare him to a wife-beating a**hole is out of line. When you’re a businessman, you have to be ruthless. I don’t see why you don’t understand this, since you’re being pretty ruthless in your little blast about the him to gain publicity.
I can’t even begin to describe how disappointed I am in you, Joe. I expected you to carry yourself with a little more class. Call me crazy, but I also expected your wife to carry herself with a little more class rather than adding fuel to the fire.
George never told you he was proud of you? How about in the speeches he gave after we won championships? I distinctly remember him saying how proud he was of you and the team. Or did you choose to block that out of your memory, Joe, so you’d cause a little controversy and gain a little publicity? Of course he’s not going to be proud of you when the team underachieves. He’s not your dad, Mrs. Steinbrenner didn’t give birth to you, he’s not required to love you and be proud of you unconditionally.
I can’t seem to understand what you expected George Steinbrenner to do when the team, under your management, kept losing in the playoffs. Did you expect him to morph into a proud father of a Little League player and say “It’s OK, son, all that matters is that you did your best”? What are we, a Disney movie? Get with the program, Clueless Joe. This is Major League Baseball, and we’re the New York Yankees, anything less than the best is not something to be proud of.
Even the fans weren’t proud of you when the Yankees were losing to teams they should have easily beat. We weren’t proud of you when you kept throwing Scott Proctor into every game, and kept throwing in “Lefty Specialists” who couldn’t strike any lefties out. Who would be proud of that? Not to mention some of us blame you for the lack of chemistry in the clubhouse. We stood behind you and supported you because you brought us victory after years of misery, but we weren’t proud of how you managed this decade. If you’re going to compare George Steinbrenner to an abusive father, then you should compare us all.
I’m starting to think that you saw the “Who’s your daddy?” publicity in the World Series and decided to get a piece of the action. We ain’t yo’ daddy, Joe, so stop comparing us to him.