"It's certainly not something you enjoy having to put up with," Torre said, when asked about Steinbrenner's comments to The Record of Hackensack, N.J.He hit the nail on the head with that last sentence: it's not right, not after everything Torre has done for the Yankees. I know expectations are higher in New York, but the Yankees aren't even supposed to be in the playoffs right now, not after the way the team started.
"But the fact of the matter is, it's what goes with the territory. It's really not a lot of difference than in the past. If I get caught up in that, I'm really going to have a tough time doing my job, and I don't think that's right.
But then again, getting to the playoffs has become the norm in New York, as the Yankees have been to the postseason every single year that Torre has been at the helm. Forget his performance over a 3-5 game stretch, judge him by the big picture. Is Big George really that eager to relive the Buck Showalter era?