Via Neil Best, looking at Joe Torre’s new book -
Beyond the blunt critiques of Alex Rodriguez and rising tensions with Brian Cashman, one theme dominates “The Yankee Years,” the new book “co-authored” by Joe Torre:
That the Yankees of the former manager’s final six seasons were a self-absorbed, overpaid imitation of the famously gritty bunch that brought him four rings in his first six years.
“It was just not an unselfish team,” Torre says of the revelation that hit him in 2002.
“The team wasn’t tough enough . . . A lot of those players are more concerned about what it looks like as opposed to getting dirty and just getting it done. Those other teams, they were ferocious.”
That observation comes on Page 37 of 477, and before A-Rod even arrives in the Bronx. But it sets the tone: 1996-2001 — good. 2002-2007 — not.
Reading this, I wonder, is Torre trying to say…
The cadre of players put together by Stick Michael and Bob Watson: Good.
The cadre of players put together by Brian Cashman: Not.
Because, basically, the 1996-2001 Yankees were the Michael/Watson team whereas the 2002-2007 Yankees were Cashman’s crew, no?