Joe Torre Keeps His Job October 8, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, MLB, Sports.
With the pressure of possibly losing his job, Joe Torre desperately needed a win against the Cleveland Indians to avoid a sweep. On Saturday, George Steinbrenner stated that Joe Torre would be fired if he didn’t win the series against the Indians.
Sunday’s game looked like it was going to be the end for Torre and the Yankees. The Yankees found themselves down 3-0 early in the game as Roger Clemens struggled against the Indians and made an exit in the third inning.
The Yankees were able to make a rally and came back to beat the Indians 8-4. The savior of the Yankees’ season and Torres’ job was Johnny Damon. Damon had three hits and drove in four runs, including a go ahead, three run homer, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead. This gave the Yanks the momentum they needed to rally and come away with the win. The Yankees still trail the first round AL playoff series 2-1, but this victory might give the spark the club needs to win the series and ensure Torre keeps his job.
George Steinbrenner threatening to fire Joe Torre is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Given the success Torre has had with the Yankees, Steinbrenner should have shown more class, and not broadcast to the media that Torre would be fired if the Yankees were swept. Torre can only do so much when one of your star players goes into hiding when post season comes around. Alex Rodriguez goes from a superstar to a minor league player when the games matter the most. Instead of threatening to fire Torre, maybe Steinbrenner should have threatened to take some of A-Rod’s money back.