• Torre & Mattingly Looking Forward To Seeing Yankees

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Via Ed Price

    As far as we can tell, this weekend will mark the first time ever a man whose number has been retired by the Yankees will be in uniform, in the opposing dugout, for a game against the Yankees that counts.

    Oh yeah, Joe Torre will also be going against the Yankees when they visit the Dodgers.

    For Torre and Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly — whose pinstriped No. 23 was retired in 1997 — the series will be “busy,” as Torre put it, but not wistful or vengeful.

    “It’s like playing,” Mattingly told FanHouse last Sunday in Boston in looking forward to this weekend. “You always turn the page.”

    Mattingly said when he first saw the Dodgers’ June schedule, he thought, “This doesn’t look real good.”

    Not because he’d have to go against the Yankees for the first time in his life, but because the Dodgers would be tested by playing the Cardinals, the Angels twice, the Red Sox and the Yankees in a span of six series.

    Share “You’re caught in your own thing, you know?” Mattingly said.

    “It’ll be different, I’m sure. But in a sense I’m looking forward to it, getting to see those guys.”

    Said Torre: “It’s obviously going to be busy, but it’s also going to be fun seeing a lot of people.”

    That bit about the retired number is spot on…good find there by Price.

    Comments on Torre & Mattingly Looking Forward To Seeing Yankees

    1. 77yankees
      June 22nd, 2010 | 7:40 pm

      Steve – Joe DiMaggio was a hitting coach for Charlie Finley’s A’s in the late 60s, so this would be the 2nd time, since his # was retired in 1952.

    2. Evan3457
      June 23rd, 2010 | 1:27 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Steve – Joe DiMaggio was a hitting coach for Charlie Finley’s A’s in the late 60s, so this would be the 2nd time, since his # was retired in 1952.

      Good catch, 77.

      Yogi managed the Mets in 72-3-4-5, but the only games he would’ve managed against the Yanks would’ve been Grapefruit League, and…Mayor’s Trophy Games. As the ’72 Game was at Yankee Stadium, this might be the only other time a Yankee with a retired number faced them as the opposition in another uniform in Yankee Stadium.

    3. clintfsu813
      June 23rd, 2010 | 8:22 am

      Hopefully the Dodgers will roll over for us like they did in Boston last weekend…

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