From the Record:
He [Yogi Berra] was the first to know, for example, that Hideki Matsui personally apologized to Joe Torre after the Yankees’ collapse in the division series. After batting .200 against Anaheim and making the final out in Game 5, the Japanese outfielder told the manager, “I played bad for you. I’m sorry. I hurt the team.”
Berra knows this because Torre told him so during a recent golf outing. It was the manager, Lee Mazzilli and Berra on the links for an afternoon, during which Torre confided that George Steinbrenner has been “better” about communicating lately.
Gotta love Yogi – but, should he be the one to tell the media this story? It was between Joe and Hideki – and, if they wanted the public to know, they would have shared it.
Somewhat related – Matsui and A-Rod missed zero games last year – and then ran out of gas in the ALDS. Memo to Torre: Think about this in 2006.