It’s a sad day for Yankees fans as we are forced to realize it is the end of the Joe Torre era in the Bronx; lots of newspaper headlines shout the infamous New York City “Shove It!” rallying cry.
In moving beyond the crassness of the New York newspaper headlines, we are left to wonder what happened?
Why did the Yankees management suddenly become penny wise and pound-foolish? They’ve never before quibbled over a dime let alone multi-million dollar contracts. When would any manager — forget the millions of dollars at stake — accept $5.00 for a job he just finished doing for $7.50? The Yankees decided after 12 years they were tired of Joe Torre — but they didn’t want to stand up and fire him. They wanted to lowball Joe into “rejecting” their offer so they could retain face and make Torre look like the bad guy.
Twelve straight years of making the playoffs was not enough for Yankees management. What good manager would stand in line to take a job where the people you are working for only expect winning the World Series every other year as appropriate job performance? Only the money hungry and the fame seeking would now wish to manage the Yankees and neither of those “managerial traits” will take the team back to The World Series.
What Joe Torre brought to the Yankees was an identifiably good heart and he protected his players from the wrath of the ownership. Now, without that blanket of fire protectant — expect many of your favorite Yankees players like Posada, and Clemens and A-Rod and Rivera and Pettitte to be gone for greener pastures because the glue sticking the team together was just run out of town by a group of spineless and insignificant managers who think they know more about baseball and winning than Joe Torre. So Long, Joe. We knew you. We’ll miss you.