Via Bob Klapisch:
In fact, Torre may never be welcomed back into the Yankee community, and that includes being honored at the Stadium — a tribute he once richly deserved.
“Joe has started something that a lot of people are going to have to answer to,” Mike Mussina said by telephone on Thursday. “Joe’s going to have to answer to it too, but it won’t be as bad for him because he’s with the Dodgers now. But it’s going to be bad for the guys he left behind.”
Through the excerpted passages, Torre has been systematically embarrassing the weaker figures of his clubhouses. Alex Rodriguez was called out as a coward. Kevin Brown was seen as a troubled, if not twisted soul, described as ready to leave the Yankees altogether after a bad outing at Tropicana Field. Torre didn’t stop there — he allowed readers to glimpse Randy Johnson’s anti-social behavior and mocked Carl Pavano for being universally disliked by the Yankees.
Each one of these depictions reveals a casual, insulting quality to Torre’s personality that seems almost incomprehensible. For more than a decade, Torre won over the public not because he was a great manager, but because he was a good man. But now we ask: Is this the same man who embraced Paul O’Neill as the slugger wept in his arms after the 1999 World Series?
Mussina said, “it’s not just what goes on in the clubhouse, it’s sitting on the bus, or if you’re out having lunch. As a ballplayer you need to know who you have to watch out for and who you can trust. First and foremost, you should be able to trust your manager.
“I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but, didn’t Mussina have things to say, in public, about Johnson and Pavano, two years ago? And, now, it’s not allowed? Really?