Joe Torre pulls an Emily Litella in the NYT: Nevermind! Meanwhile, our pal Al goes into the A-Rod issue in a nice piece over on SI.com. Honestly, though, I just don't have the energy for this whole teapot tempest. Certainly, the Torre/Verducci proposition that Alex was the only needy, self-absorbed star in the Yankee clubhouse seems like revisionist horseshit. (Roger Clemens, anyone, for starters?) The Yankees haven't lost over the last 4 years because of A-Rod, or clubhouse mood, or a million other non-factors the tabs love to harp about, and the whole It's-been-downhill-since-2001 argument seems to defy any objective look at history. But for a couple of bounces here or a giant gnat storm there, things might be recalled much differently. So excuse me if I just sit this argument out for the time being. It's a busy week. If the Yanks biggest problem in 2009 is that they have to play A-Rod and his attitude at third all season, believe me, things are looking awfully good for the Pinstripes.