LADY AT THE BAT: The Joe Torre Watch Officially Begins

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Joe Torre Watch Officially Begins

We heard the question earlier this year. It was too early to hear it at that point but now it's not: Will Joe Torre be fired?

Technically, the answer is no. His contract expires at the end of this month. If the Yankees don't want him anymore they just won't offer him a new contract.

So, why wouldn't they offer him a new contract? There are several factors, of course, that I need not detail here. However, there is one factor that just might trump all the others: Alex Rodriguez. If the Yankees really want to bring A-Rod back next season, they might be forced to bring Torre back. Or, they might not be.

In post-game interviews last night, A-Rod said that whether or not Torre stays will definitely help him decide whether he, himself, will stay with the Yankees. He had this to say about Joe Torre: "Torre and I, we've had a funny relationship for four years. It's definitely come full circle, and I have the utmost respect for that man in there. I feel disappointed, because I feel like we let him down, as well as the city of New York." He continued: "It takes time to get to know people. For me, this year, I think we really got to understand each other and he really made it easy for me and very comfortable for me to play."

It's obvious that Alex Rodriguez doesn't have the same loving relationship with Joe Torre that a lot of his other teammates have. I think the potential is there for a scenario that has A-Rod telling the Yankees, "It's either Joe Torre or me." Who knows, maybe he's already told them that. All we can do at this point is wait and see how this whole thing turns out.

The Lady

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