Torre makes up for forgetting to thank "The Boss"
7/28/2014 (Updated 11:00:26 PM)When you're elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, you first have to get over the shock and the emotion. Once the idea starts to settle in, you have to start thinking about who you're going to thank. That's a rather tall order for most players, and even tougher for managers who usually have a full playing career and coaching career worth of people to thank. For Hall of Famer Joe Torre, the list is extensive, so it's understandable if he forgets a few people.
Torre played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1960-68, so there's them. He then played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1969-1974, the New York Mets from 1975-1977. Then the Mets hired him as player/manager in 1977 where he coached until 1981. He went back to Atlanta from 1982-1984, back to St. Louis from 1990-1995. Then, in November of '95 "The Boss" came calling. George Steinbrenner hired Torre as the manager of the Yankees and in his first year, Torre delivered a World Series Title to the Bronx. He followed that up with three straight from '98-'00. After the 2007 season, Torre and the Yankees had a very publicized split and Torre headed west to the Dodgers where he managed from 2008 until his retirement in 2010.
That's a long career of people to thank. He managed to get in almost everyone, but largely forgot one of the most important people to thank. George Steinbrenner.
After the ceremony, all of the inductees headed into the Clark Sports Center gymnasium, transformed into the media center, for the press conference. Before any question was asked, Torre took some time to address the blunder.
"I missed mentioning and thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you talk about the Yankees. I mentioned George [Steinbrenner] but I didn't give him what my plan was to just thank him," he began. "It was just the proudest time of my career and I just feel terrible that I didn't give him the thanks he deserved."
Torre said that thanking Steinbrenner was such an obvious decision that he simply forgot.
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