I’ll be chiming in with some thoughts about the departure of Joe Torre—and also the candidates to replace him—in the next few days. For now, there’s excellent material on the former by Alex Belth and the latter by Cliff Corcoran on the Banter. Tom Verducci at SI and our friend Pete Abe are also must reads, whether or not you agree with their positions. As it is, I’d just like to reiterate a thought I posted here after this year’s playoff loss:
Though we’ve been trained to evaluate a season purely on the end result, the truth is that the game is just as much about the joy of the daily grind, about process. As with life, baseball is not just about where you end up, but how you get there. More than the World Series victories, more than the 12 consecutive playoff appearances, for me, that has been the great lesson of the Joe Torre era. It’s been a great privilege for New Yorkers—and not just Yankee fans—to experience that kind of leadership, and from a native son. We’ll be forever in his debt.