Stick to Your Guns, George
Fire Joe Torre. Do it quickly, do it before the dust settles. Sure, call him and give him a chance to go out on a "retirement" as a gentleman, but do it now.
It's high time the media stopped attributing every Yankee triumph to the manager and every Yankee misstep to its best player.
It's time the media stop overlooking the failures of the manager in starting players who are ill-equiped to be starters (Hi, Eyechart!) in postseason games and starting the "red-hot" (postseason average: under .200) Hideki Matsui in every game over the Yankees' second best hitter in Jason Giambi.
It's time the Yankees stopped having a manager who only trusts certain players based on ridiculous standards like "guts" and "hearts of lions" and "veteraness" and time for a guy who will play the BEST players available to win games.
It's time for a manager who will try to win games, and not eshew tactics such as bunting on a pitcher with a bum ankle because he doesn't want to "play the game that way."
It's time for the highest paid manager in the history of baseball to look back and wonder why he's been a complete failure for the past four years, and wonder what happened to the free ride he's been given.
It's time for the media to finally place blame where it's deserved, and lay it in the lap of the man they'd praise if the Yankees had won.
Most importantly, it's time for the man to step down. It's time for him to move on and realize he can't motivate a team anymore, and that the old axiom about a team taking on the personality of its manager is true. An even keel and calmness is good in the face of adversity, but it's been time for the Yankees to show some fire for many years, and instead they've acted like they sit on the bench, sipping green tea, waiting for someone else to win it for them.
Labels: alcs, joe torre, torre is dumb
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 12:03 AM