Posted at 10:55 AM on October 11, 2007
by David Zingler
You’re Joe Torre. You’ve been managing the New York Yankees for 12 seasons. You’ve reached the postseason every year, won 11 division titles, 6 AL pennants and 4 World Series. And it’s not enough.
You’re Alex Rodriguez. You’ve just completed your 4th season as a Yankee. You’ve hit .302 and averaged 43 homers and 128 RBI per year in the Big Apple. Next month, you’ll win your 2nd AL MVP in pinstripes (3rd overall). And it’s not enough. Not even close.
After a season of listening to spoiled Twins fans spew doom and gloom, I really have no time to listen to Yankee fans complain about Torre or A-Rod. I know that Torre hasn’t led the Yankees to a World Series title since – gasp – 2000 and A-Rod has failed to come up big in the playoffs, but neither of these guys deserve the amount of abuse they get in New York.
It sounds like Rodriguez is doing the smart thing by opting out of his contract to become a free agent. I am sure he’ll end up somewhere he’ll be more appreciated. If I were Torre, I’d follow suit by calling Brian Cashman and resigning. Then I would take off a season, work in the media and offer my services to the highest bidder in 2009.
This may come to a shock to the self-absorbed Yankee Nation, but the Yankees need A-Rod, and especially Torre, more than they need the Yankees.