In 1984, Graig Nettles co-authored "Balls" with Peter Golenbock - and it had an impact.
"It got me traded," Nettles said yesterday.Joe Torre's book, "The Yankee Years," has caused a stir this week, because of controversial things said about Alex Rodriguez and general manager Brian Cashman. But Nettles, the former Yankees third baseman whose book came out in 1984, said he doesn't think Torre's done anything wrong.
"All I've read is excerpts, so it's really not fair to comment," Nettles said in a phone interview. "But just from the excerpts, it doesn't seem to be anything scandalous.
"I think he has every right to write the book, and I know Joe well enough to know that he wouldn't make any scandalous accusations of anybody. . . . I would bet a lot of money on the fact that Joe did it with some dignity."
Nettles said he wrote a book "for the money and the fun of doing the book."
"I know I didn't tell any stories that I wasn't supposed to tell. Joe, too. I haven't read the book, but from what I've seen, he hasn't told any stories or any hush-hush stories that shouldn't be told."
(Hat tip to Zell's Pinstripe Blog)
As I see it, the main problem with this book is that Torre comes out looking like a hypocrite. He would always tell his players not to say too much to the media and to keep things in the clubhouse, and now he does the exact things he said he was against.