Joe Torre says the awkwardness is “gone” between he and the Yankees’ organization.
“That’s what I sense,“ said Torre, who put on the pinstripes for the first time since 2007 for Sunday afternoon’s Old Timers’ Day. “I didn’t know how much longer (I’d be here). I probably was wanting to do it one year, and it’s a tough thing to say goodbye here. But that last year I knew (based on) all the questions that started right from spring training, that I wasn’t gonna be able to do that on a one-year basis anymore, and I think they probably wanted to do something else. But the fact that I was there so long, it became uncomfortable on both sides on how to separate, and it’s unfortunate because it wasn’t pretty.
“It’s very comfortable for me,” Torre, who now serves as vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, said. “I enjoy coming here (for my job) and just feeling free to go in the clubhouse.”
The awkwardness of course stemmed from Torre’s departure from the club after the 2007 season and the book he wrote that took swipes at the organization and general manager Brian Cashman in particular. Torre had to visit Yankee Stadium last season with the Dodgers and he met with Cashman. That meeting could have gone better, but it seems to have been the start of the process to close the rift.
Hopefully now the Yankees can begin to acknowledge Torre’s huge role in this organization and maybe we can get a Joe Torre Day too.