• Wild Thought: What Do To When Torre Visits The Bronx

    Posted by on May 19th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    The Post is reporting that Joe Torre and his Los Angeles Dodgers will be coming to the new Stadium next season to play the Yanks – as part of the inter-league schedule in 2010.

    This leads to today’s wild thought: When L.A. comes to town next year, during the first game of the series with the Dodgers, before the managers/coaches come to the plate to present line-up cards, should the Yankees have some sort of video tribute for Torre and then have the P.A. announcer call him out of the dugout (to come to the plate) – so that the fans can salute him? Or, should the Yankees do nothing and just allow the fans to react on their own, without being primed by a video, to Torre when he appears on the field to hand in his line-up card?

    If you had to make the call, what would you do? And, if you do something for Joe, do you also do something for Don Mattingly?

    Me? I think it would be a nice touch to do this for Torre – meaning have the video, etc. And, then, maybe sometime during the game, have a little Mattingly highlight video run between innings – so that the fans could start a “Don-e, Base-ball” chant or something…

    Comments on Wild Thought: What Do To When Torre Visits The Bronx

    1. YankCrank
      May 19th, 2009 | 3:26 pm

      Would that be nice? Of course, but after not seeing any Torre recognition in the final home game videos last year, I wouldn’t bet on it

    2. G.I. Joey
      May 19th, 2009 | 3:31 pm

      I think there is a small possibility of them making up for that snub last year during the final home game, but I’m not holding my breath.

    3. MJ
      May 19th, 2009 | 3:44 pm

      Ditto the two comments above. If they wanted to do it, they could’ve done it 9/21/08. That ship has sailed now, especially given the stuff with the Torre/Verducci book.

      The appropriate time to honor Torre’s legacy will be after he retires in a few years. By that time, any hard feelings between the two sides will have softened and blown over.

    4. Pat F
      May 19th, 2009 | 4:01 pm

      i’d walk over to the dodger bench and offer girardi and gardner for torre and kemp, and i’d be willing to settle on torre for girardi.

    5. MJ
      May 19th, 2009 | 4:53 pm

      Pat F wrote:

      i’d walk over to the dodger bench and offer girardi and gardner for torre and kemp, and i’d be willing to settle on torre for girardi.

      I still don’t get this line of thinking. The Yanks missed the playoffs last year because the hitting stunk and the pitching was roughly league average, not because of the managerial change. Does no one see any flaws in Torre? He was the skipper of a mediocre team that was headed to nowhere-ville last year until Manny showed up and hit .400 for two months. Had the Dodgers missed the playoffs last year too, would people be a little more nuanced in their longing for Torre?

      Torre was here for 12 mostly wonderful years. A change was needed, if only because both sides were growing tired of eachother. Can we just move on already?

    6. Corey
      May 19th, 2009 | 4:56 pm

      can some1 explain the hype to me with Kemp? I don’t get a chance to see him all that often, but you’d think the dude was a future triple crown winner the way people throw his name around

    7. srivinodh
      May 19th, 2009 | 5:23 pm

      There is that little biting on the hand that fed him for 12 years that he did on the way out… he needs to thank ARod for all the press or his book would have been the major topic for much of spring training and the way he had ears everywhere… makes you wonder how the Dodgers clubhouse is, quiet as a library when he or his coaches swing by… Torre was overrated… if he had left amicably then yeah all the tribute is digestible… but not now.. Although, the Yanks may soften up if they win it all this year…

    8. MJ
      May 20th, 2009 | 9:08 am

      @ Corey:
      Matt Kemp is 24 years old, athletic, fast, and powerfully built. He projects as a 20-30 HR guy with good speed on the basepaths. Basically he’s a prototypical athlete. His MiLB stats (.311/.358/.519) and what he’s done so far make him out to be a very solid regular/borderline All-Star caliber OF.

      What’s not to like exactly?

    9. clintfsu813
      May 20th, 2009 | 9:40 am

      Sounds like Cano’s projections, MJ

    10. Sicilian Lou
      May 20th, 2009 | 9:43 am

      srivinodh wrote:

      There is that little biting on the hand that fed him for 12 years that he did on the way out… he needs to thank ARod for all the press or his book would have been the major topic for much of spring training and the way he had ears everywhere… makes you wonder how the Dodgers clubhouse is, quiet as a library when he or his coaches swing by… Torre was overrated… if he had left amicably then yeah all the tribute is digestible… but not now.. Although, the Yanks may soften up if they win it all this year…

      Over Rated???.. I respectable disagree here…. After decades of owner intervention and fans calling for a stabilize front office and manager position, Gentleman Joe anchored and steered a mighty ship filled with ego’s to 4 WS championships.. 12 post season appearance.. The knock on Torre in my eyes is he didn’t do enough of the small things to get us over the hump in the ALDS against the Angels but then again, take your hat off to Mike and his fighting Angels who had an inferior lineup to the Yankees and managed a better series..
      Lets not forget, that Torre did win a few WS without the games best all around player in A-Rod but arguments can be made that he didn’t win with him either.. But that just goes to show you that pitching is the key to winning… And I will say that Torre is not at fault for not having the staff he needed to continue his winning tenure.. In all fairness unless something is done with out bullpen now, General Joe will face similar results… I think Theo said it best the Playoffs are a crap shoot,, Shoot for 95 wins and let the dice roll as thrown.. But the one thing no one can argue is that when Gentlemen Joe was in charge, and even during their slumps, we the fans always felt things would turn around.. I am not convinced we Yankee fans can say the same about General Joe siding our recent winning streak….

    11. Sicilian Lou
      May 20th, 2009 | 9:48 am

      MJ wrote:

      @ Corey:
      Matt Kemp is 24 years old, athletic, fast, and powerfully built. He projects as a 20-30 HR guy with good speed on the basepaths. Basically he’s a prototypical athlete. His MiLB stats (.311/.358/.519) and what he’s done so far make him out to be a very solid regular/borderline All-Star caliber OF.
      What’s not to like exactly?

      Ditto MJ…. The kid is only going to get better… In another year or two, Kemps name will rise above the likes of Grady Sizemore…

    12. Sicilian Lou
      May 20th, 2009 | 10:09 am

      Sicilian Lou wrote:

      srivinodh wrote:
      There is that little biting on the hand that fed him for 12 years that he did on the way out… he needs to thank ARod for all the press or his book would have been the major topic for much of spring training and the way he had ears everywhere… makes you wonder how the Dodgers clubhouse is, quiet as a library when he or his coaches swing by… Torre was overrated… if he had left amicably then yeah all the tribute is digestible… but not now.. Although, the Yanks may soften up if they win it all this year…
      Over Rated???.. I respectable disagree here…. After decades of owner intervention and fans calling for a stabilize front office and manager position, Gentleman Joe anchored and steered a mighty ship filled with ego’s to 4 WS championships.. 12 post season appearance.. The knock on Torre in my eyes is he didn’t do enough of the small things to get us over the hump in the ALDS against the Angels but then again, take your hat off to Mike and his fighting Angels who had an inferior lineup to the Yankees and managed a better series..
      Lets not forget, that Torre did win a few WS without the games best all around player in A-Rod but arguments can be made that he didn’t win with him either.. But that just goes to show you that pitching is the key to winning… And I will say that Torre is not at fault for not having the staff he needed to continue his winning tenure.. In all fairness unless something is done with out bullpen now, General Joe will face similar results… I think Theo said it best the Playoffs are a crap shoot,, Shoot for 95 wins and let the dice roll as thrown.. But the one thing no one can argue is that when Gentlemen Joe was in charge, and even during their slumps, we the fans always felt things would turn around.. I am not convinced we Yankee fans can say the same about General Joe siding our recent winning streak….

      Just on a side note here.. Torres departure was more of a power struggle that started at the top with that jackass Randy Levine.. God help me I so dislike this guy.. Cashman, and this is no knock on him because I am no fan of this guy, should have had the stones to stand up to Randy and thrown that contract offer back in his face and tell him where to stick it. How do you insult a person by cutting his salary?… why wasn’t General Joe put on a performance merit?..I for one think he did leave with style and grace. The egg is all over Levine and Cashmans face for insulting a man who has done nothing but shown class and style. Lead his team by that silent but strong approach.. Not all managers have to be vocal and demonstrative in his approach with players and media… Levine is a greedy man who justifies his existences in Yankee land by dollars and cents.. And I assure you.. with that PALACE in the Bronx and high ticket prices and lower attendance.. When all is said and done this year and the Stein boys ask Levine what happen to their investment, Levine will tell them that we didn’t make the post season, playoff tickets which normal get raised by 20-25% will not be there and Levine will throw Cashman under the bus and his reign will end… The one that needs to go first in my eyes in Levine.. But you watch Yankee fans, this could very well happen this year….And heaven forbid we don’t make the playoffs.. Lets see if the Stein boys allow the FA signings of the past continue.. Yankee fans. and new day has dawned upon this great Franchise.. The era of George is over and now this Yankee organization is going to be about $$$$$$$$$$.. Yeah they will spend but its all going to come to if we make the playoffs and how deep we go into October.. Like me would want to Cashman gone, I say in addition, Levine better be right behind him!!!

    13. Sicilian Lou
      May 20th, 2009 | 10:17 am

      Like me would want to Cashman gone, I say in addition, Levine better be right behind him!!!

      Sorry too much caffeine this morning this should read,
      Like those and me who want Cashman gone, I say in addition, Levine better be right behind him!!….

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