2014 has been an overwhelming and joyous season for former Yankees skipper Joe Torre. After being honored in Cooperstown last month, Torre was honored at Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon in a ceremony where he received a plaque in Monument Park and his No. 6 jersey retired.
“To have your number retired for any team is certainly special. But when you talk about the history and tradition of the New York Yankees, known worldwide, it’s a feeling I can’t describe,” Torre said. “There wouldn’t have been a Cooperstown without Yankee Stadium.”
Torre had won four World Series Championships and made six World Series appearances in his 12 year stint with the Bronx Bombers, and if you were wondering, Torre made sure to thank the man who gave him this joyous opportunity: Mr. George Steinbrenner.
“George gave me the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had in my professional life,” Torre said. “I played for 16 or 17 years, but it can never match the 12 years here in Yankee pinstripes. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity of entrusting me with this team.”
Many greats were in attendance for Joe Torre day including Jim Leyland, Tony LaRussa, Gene Monahan, Lee Mazilli, Jose Cardenal, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Yogi Berra.
Torre ended his speech and ceremony by thanking the fans for their never ending support.
“The one thing that you never forget and you never lose the feeling for are you people,” Torre said. “When you get to this ballpark, you just feel the heartbeat. And it’s something that doesn’t go away.”