Consider the fences mended.Last night was long overdue, but at least it finally happened. Now the Yankees can finally schedule Joe Torre day.
Joe Torre came to the Bronx to pay tribute to George Steinbrenner Monday night, but the trip served a dual purpose, as the former Yankees manager made amends with Brian Cashman and, in effect, the entire organization.
Monday marked the first time Torre seemed remorseful over the fallout.
"I know he was offended by some of the stuff he read in the book," Torre said prior to his conversation with Cashman. "I anticipate that we'll certainly shake hands and hopefully be done with whatever there was that came from that being the case."
Torre's words proved to be prophetic. Cashman greeted Torre and Mattingly, then Torre and Cashman disappeared into the clubhouse for a long awaited sit-down.
"I think we've agreed to just put it behind us," Cashman said. "We had a long, terrific run. I would put our relationship while we were working together up against any GM/manager combination in the game. We both agreed it's just not healthy. It's time to turn the page. Whatever happened on that side, it's a small sample compared to the huge sample of all the good stuff that took place."
"When I left, that was a very dark time for me," Torre said. "I was hurt, and yet if you try to be rational about it, you had two parties not knowing how to say goodbye. That's what it turned out to be.
"It's going to mean a lot to be back here and walk on that field, even though I didn't work on that field. It's Yankee Stadium. It's pinstripes."
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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