From Andy Martino:
Did Joe Torre's book violate the sanctity of the Yankee clubhouse, particularly with his criticism of Alex Rodriguez? The man who pioneered the candid sports memoir is amused by the question.
"What's the big deal? It isn't as if Joe Torre is revealing things that people didn't know," former Yankee Jim Bouton told the Daily News Friday. "There was no doubt that A-Rod wasn't a team guy; that's been known for a while."
"It is almost 40 years later," he said. "Why in the world anyone is still talking about the sanctity of the clubhouse is beyond me. Baseball and the Yankees should feel lucky that this book is generating so much attention in January... there is no job hitting a ball with a stick unless a lot of people are convinced it's important."I feel the same way that Bouton does which is why I'm not pissed at Torre. Yes, he looks like a hypocrite with this book, but by no means do I think they should cancel 'Joe Torre Day' because of this. Besides the fact that this stuff is coming from Torre, there's nothing too surprising in this book, at least from the excerpts we've seen so far.
Bouton was also amused that any player would feel violated by the book. "These guys have voluntarily gone into a business where people know that everything that they do or say is subject to being written about. They act as if they're surprised when somebody tells what they do. Roger Maris always wanted to be a private person. Well, get into the shoe business if that's what you want."
And to anyone offended that unflattering accounts of his behavior landed in a book, Bouton offered simple advice: "Books are going to be written. Therefore, don't act like a jerk."
But when it comes to players trusting him, my opinion, or Bouton's, isn't going to change anything. If his current and former players believe he broke some unwritten clubhouse rule, then that's all that matters.