“I may be letting the cat out of the bag,” former Yankees manager Joe Torre said, “but I was invited back for Old-Timers’ Day. I’m planning on going.”
The Yankees and Torre began to mend the relationship when the Yankees went into Los Angels to play the Dodgers last season. Neither side really reached out and made an over the top apology, but at least both sides realized that they can still have a working relationship.
This would be Torre’s first return to Yankee Stadium since he left the team after the 2007 season. Notably, the Yankees didn’t invite him back when they celebrated the closing of the old stadium and have avoided mentioning as much as possible even after Torre lead the team to four World Series victories.
The case could be made against either side in terms of who gets the blame for this situation, but whether they like it or not Joe Torre was a huge part of the history of the team and both sides benefit if this becomes a healthy working relationship. Torre is still very popular and could potentially draw fans for a Joe Torre day and for Torre personally his entire career is based on his success of those Yankees teams.
He was a solid player, but ultimately not good enough for the Hall of Fame and before he came to the Bronx his managerial track record was poor. So Torre can’t really avoid the Yankees. He needs them to stay relevant now that he’s out of baseball and he’s probably getting a Yankee cap when he eventually makes the Hall of Fame.
These two need each other. It’s good to see that both sides taking steps to mend the relationship. This is the right decision for both.