LADY AT THE BAT: The New York Yankees: Gutless

Friday, October 19, 2007

The New York Yankees: Gutless

After yesterday's stunning turn of events, it became obvious that the Yankees did not want Joe Torre to return next year as manager. A $5 million 1-year offer laden with incentives adds up to an insulting pay cut for Torre. How transparent can you get?

If the Yankees had any cajones at all they'd have announced they weren't bringing Joe Torre back the day after the team was eliminated from the ALDS, or at least a few days after that. But they were afraid of looking bad, afraid of receiving disapproval from Yankees Universe. They thought that by doing this Torre would look bad in the eyes of all the hardworking people of New York City (myself included) that will probably never come close to making $5 million. They thought they would come off looking like the good guys. Well, they were wrong.

I am now more convinced than ever that George Steinbrenner is no longer in control of that team. If he were, he'd have made good on his promise to the Bergen Record. My guess is that Steinbrenner was alone when the call from the Record came in and there was no one around to intercept it. Some scenario like that occurred and it led to the series of events that ended in their low-ball offer to Torre.

So the Joe Torre Story is over. What will the new story be about? Who will the central character be? I can't wait to find out!

The Lady


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