January 25, 2009

Schadenfreude 65 (A Continuing Series)

New York Post:
Scorned skipper Joe Torre is blasting the Yankees - calling many of his former players prima donnas, confessing he stopped trusting the powers that be years before he left the team and charging that general manager Brian Cashman betrayed him.

In an explosive new book called "The Yankee Years," Torre gets most personal in his attacks against Alex Rodriguez, who he says was called "A-Fraud" by his teammates after he developed a "Single White Female"-like obsession with team captain Derek Jeter and asked for a personal clubhouse assistant to run errands for him. ...

The book also reveals that, during spring training in 1999, team doctors revealed to owner George Steinbrenner that Torre had prostate cancer - even before informing the manager himself.
The 477-page book is written in the third person by SI reporter Tom Verducci, who also interviewed dozens of players and team personnel. Verducci also worked with Torre on "Chasing the Dream", released after the 1996 World Series.

ESPN quotes a source familiar with the book who says the controversy is
overblown. Joe is very honest in the book, but he doesn't make any personal attacks. In terms of him name-calling, that's not his style.
We'll see. One topic mentioned in Amazon's description:
The high-priced ace who broke down in tears and refused to go back to the mound in the middle of a game.

14 comments:

L-girl said...

ESPN quotes a source familiar with the book who says the controversy is
overblown.


That's typical for advance press. It sells books. Often the book itself isn't half as interesting as the advance media.

redsock said...

That sobbing high-priced ace better fooking be Fat Billy.

(Though maybe it's Mussina, who got upset that the infield dirt-draggers performed their YMCA-dance steps -- classy! -- for 2 seconds longer than usual and threw off his rhythm.)

blogtard said...

My money is on Mussina as the sobbing mess.

Benjamin said...

The book also reveals that, during spring training in 1999, team doctors revealed to owner George Steinbrenner that Torre had prostate cancer - even before informing the manager himself.

I'm sure there are all sorts of contractual waivers that made that not illegal, but wow.

L-girl said...

The whole concept of a "team doctor" is an ethics violation - a conflict of interest.

Patrick said...

This team dodged a bullet when they didn't land A-Rod from Texas.

Perhaps the same could later be said about Tex.

9casey said...

Patrick said...
This team dodged a bullet when they didn't land A-Rod from Texas.

Perhaps the same could later be said about Tex.



I've stopped worrying about the players we miss out on and they get , for at least 4 years now...

Pepe Lepew said...

I will definitely check it out at the library. Won't actually buy it.

seawolvesfan said...

HA EVIL EMPIRE

James said...

I bet the crying ace was El Duque. He's always been kind of... off.

L-girl said...

I bet the crying ace was El Duque.

Dukey? No way. Ten to one it's a white guy.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
I bet the crying ace was El Duque.

Dukey? No way. Ten to one it's a white guy.



Have they had any Black Aces?

thatdietcokegirl said...

Zzzzzzzzzz oh wait what? More (gay) male hero worship? Wake me up when girls do that. Ya know, to each other.

L-girl said...

Have they had any Black Aces?

Good question. I can't think of any offhand.