The New York Yankees manager concluded A-Rod shouldn’t have
distracted a Toronto fielder this week during a popup, joining a
chorus of baseball people who said the two-time AL MVP broke the
sport’s unwritten code.
"He may have been excited about the fact that we were leading
the ballgame," Torre said Friday before his team’s series opener
at Boston. "It was probably inappropriate to do it at the time he
did it, but you can’t change it, unfortunately."
Maybe Joe’s just speaking the truth. Maybe he’s also sick of the A-Rod show. At this point, it seems clear that he isn’t a fan of his team’s third basemen, and my guess is that he’ll be relieved once Rodriguez opts out of his contract at the end of the year. It’s funny. One of Joe’s perceived strengths is getting front-line players to play in New York. In this case he’s helping to push out the team’s best player. I can’t say I’m thrilled.