…but, he should have not written about it. Via Lisa Guerrero’s blog –
While you’d certainly expect some pretty strong reactions to Joe Torre’s tell-all from the baseball community, other sports stars have plenty to say about him dishing the dirt on his former players.
The news of the Yankee Years and the bits of the book that have been released have done wonders to build sympathy for Alex Rodriguez within the fraternity of pro athletes, a group that he is not very popular with to begin with.
A player that I spoke with here who didn’t want to be named told me, “Look, Alex is a jerk. Torre’s insights are probably 100% accurate about how his teammates feel about him, but there’s no reason to air that dirty laundry in a book.”
My husband, Scott Erickson, was in the Yankee locker room in 2006 and acknowledged that many of those stories about Rodriguez are true. He takes issue with the fact that Torre or anyone writing about certain players’ bad behavior, but then chooses not to write about others.
You know, Ty Cobb was a jerk – and that’s being polite. Ditto Rogers Hornsby. And, when he was playing and boozing, Mickey Mantle was a jerk. Further, if you think being surly is someone jerky, then you can say Willie Mays was a jerk. So, if A-Rod is a jerk, does it really matter?
Probably not…at least…probably not as much as, say, not going through in the post-season, right?