The talk of Yankee Universe is Joe Torre's forthcoming book The Yankee Years. Co-authored with Tom Verducci, the 477-pager is a tell-all about his time as the Bombers' manager. The early reports say the book has some less-than-flattering depictions of A-Rod, Brian Cashman and others in the Yankee brass. From the Post:
Scorned skipper Joe Torreis blasting the Yankees – calling many of his former players prima
donnas, confessing he stopped trusting the powers that be years before
he left the team and charging that general manager Brian Cashman betrayed him.
In an explosive new book called "The Yankee Years," Torre gets most
personal in his attacks against Alex Rodriguez who he says was called
"A-Fraud" by his teammates after he developed a "Single White
Female"-like obsession with team captain Derek Jeter and asked for a personal clubhouse assistant to run errands for him.
The cynics among us will undoubtedly focus on these titillating and controversial details. I, for one, owing to a poor formal education, am having trouble understanding this last story. Did A-Rod want a personal clubhouse attendant for himself or for Jeter? And did he wear a red wig and make Jeter wear one as well? Or was the personal attendant hired to look like Derek Jeter…in a red wig? All of this is a distraction from what I am sure is the generally pleasant tone of Torre's memoir. Yes, there are chapters titled "Kevin Brown: Douchebag" and "Jeff Weaver: You've Got to Be F*cking Kidding Me", but in general Torre's book is gracious, a loving look back at a special time. It's a cliche these days that negativity sells newspapers, but it's a shame that the Post reporters and other of their ilk don't include Torre's loving portraits of Miguel Cairo (from page 323: "To this day, I think he was more valuable to this team than A-Fraud.") and Scott Proctor (page 35, 42, 46, 86, 222, 223: "I know I've said this before, but Scott's arm was just so perfect. The guy had once-in-a-generation stuff.").
Oh well, I am sure no one will dwell on those details. A-Rod will be sure to have to answer questions about those red wigs lying around his locker while we'll hear nothing from Proctor or Cairo all season.