As the Yankee blame train accelarates cliffward, I can’t help but think of a key passage from Pat Jordan’s memoir, A False Spring. Jordan, a bonus baby for the Braves, had been a top prospect but lost grip of his career in a death-spiral of self-doubt and anxiety. At camp, in a fog of his own failure, he is summoned to pitch BP. Joe Torre, the future star of the organization and already exhibiting a cool professionalism, is his catcher. Jordan mails in his performance. Torre confronts him and the two come to blows. Jordan, thinking about the incident, can’t blame Torre. He had not lived up to his own personal responsiblity. That was in 1962.
More than 40 years later, it seems Joe Torre still has little patience for those who can’t put their mental games in order. It would appear that his protege, Derek Jeter, shares that trait. Take the field. Play hard. Get the job done. Keep your mouth shut.
The Braves dumped Pat Jordan. Where do the Yankees go from here?