Via Lisa Guerrero:
While Joe Torre continues to plug his book, “The Yankee Years,” in New York as the Dodgers winter caravan continues without him, feedback is still rolling in, this time from one of the players mentioned in the tell-all.
I spoke Wednesday with Jason Giambi, who certainly had mixed feelings about his former manager’s decision to write it, something he’s known about for quite a while because of a phone call he received from the publisher’s fact-checker. These are his first public comments about the book.
“It’s definitely hurtful,” he told me. “When you play together that long, you’re family. There’s a certain trust involved. We were always like ‘keep everything in-house, especially in New York with that media.’ I was surprised to hear that he was writing a book … he meant so much to that town. But from his point of view you can respect it. He had to get things off his chest,” referring to Torre’s bitter exit from the Yankees.
When I asked if writing the book violated the trust of his former team, Giambi said, “That’s hard to answer. We were all going in the same direction, we were a family. I can see how other guys will be hurt by it.”
Then Giambi offers, “It’s hard to know what came from Verducci and what came from Torre,” referring to Tom Verducci, who co-authored the book. “That guy was always hanging around.”
When told about Giambi’s remarks, Joe Torre apologized – but, Torre would not mention any specific details on what he was apologizing about…
(Yeah, that’s a joke. Get it?)