It’s rather amazing to me that the Yankees thought about getting rid of Torre. We really have short memories…and live in a "What have you done for me lately?" world. The Yankees lose their first series, and Steinbrenner said he wanted Torre out. Nevermind the World Series rings he’s put on Steinbrenner’s fingers. Trevor Hoffman blows a save, and the Padres need a new closer. Nevermind the 524 games he’s saved in his career.
It seems to me that we are judging people less on their "body of work" and more on most recent successes/failures. Not a good trend if you ask me.
Here’s what Steinbrenner said in his statement.
"I spoke to Joe Torre today and I told him, ‘You’re back for the
year,’" Steinbrenner said in a statement released by his publicist,
Howard Rubenstein. "’I expect a great deal from you and the entire
team. I have high expectations and I want to see enthusiasm, a fighting
spirit and a team that works together. The responsibility is yours,
Joe, and all of the Yankees.’
"Yes, I am deeply disappointed about our loss this year; we have to do
better. And I deeply want a championship. It’s about time."
Wow…that just gives me a warm fuzzy…