Seeing some of the comments that many have on how the game last night was handled has me thinking back to something that I thought about Joe Torre, coming into this season.
In terms of his “Yankees Ledger,” this year is Torre’s chance to get back into the post-season black, in my opinion.
If you look at 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, it’s clear, Joe Torre met the firm’s mission statement. The Yankees won the World Series.
But, when you look at those years, you have to consider what happened in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 as well. There are events in most of these non-ring post-seasons where one could point to the team’s overall readiness to play and/or a dugout decision that brought cause for the Yankees failure therein. If you give Torre the credit for 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, then he also has to take the hits for 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
So, in terms of the mission statement “Ledger,” Torre has 4 wins and 5 losses. And, that’s why, with this season, Joe has a chance to even the score at five each.
I wish I felt confident that this will happen. But, if you look at all of the years, you see a trend in that the last four years are full of bad calls (WS Game 7 in 2001, WS Game 4 in 2003, and lots of stuff in the 2004 ALCS). Basically, if you take out the first WS ring, 1996, in which you can say the team was very hungry, a case could be made that the Yankees only ring wins in post-seasons were where they “steam roll” – and, that when it’s a close series (like 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2004), eventually, in most cases, a call will be made to cost the Yankees the series.
I know, let’s wait and see if the Yankees even make the post-season this year. Still, if they do, based on what we know, if the series they’re in is a tight one, there should be attention paid to how Torre handles it – it might just be his ultimate Yankees legacy.