Joe Torre was one of the six people inducted in the Baseball Hall Of Fame yesterday afternoon in Cooperstown, but while he made his 28 minute speech thanking everyone, there was one person he forgot to thank: the late George Steinbrenner.
He was heartbroken he didn’t get a chance to talk about how much The Boss meant to him, giving him the greatest opportunity of being the Yankees manager during ‘The Dynasty Era’. He was visibly shaken during a press conference, still in shock he forgot to talk about one of his oldest friends.
“I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” Torre said. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank him and the fact that we had a great relationship. It was so obvious that I was going to do it that I went past it, the whole Steinbrenner family.
“It was the proudest time in my whole career and I just feel terrible I omitted that.”
Brian Cashman was later asked about Torre’s speech and it left the media wondering whether there would be hard feelings with the Yankees. It’s very safe to say that won’t be the case.
“He did mention George and he did say, ‘Let’s cut to the chase, I’m here because of the New York Yankees,’ ” Cashman said. “The Yankees are George. Everyone knows how much George appreciated Joe and how much Joe appreciated George. I don’t think there’s any issue. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful day. This day was about celebrating Joe and his career. No worries. There are no issues. I wouldn’t predict there would be. I feel bad that he feels bad.”
Well, the Yankees are going to honor Joe Torre in a retirement ceremony on August 23rd, but, he really shouldn’t feel bad about not saying ‘thank you’. It was understandably an overwhelming and emotional day for him and like Cashman said, yesterday was about him and his career. But, after watching Joe Torre for the last 15 years or so, I have a feeling he’s going to definitely say his ‘thank you’s’ to The Boss when he returns to Yankee Stadium for his retirement ceremony.