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.