Second-Guessing Joe Torre
Baseball is more second-guessed than any other sport in this country. When people talk about football, not too many people are familiar with the nickel defense, the twenty five cent defense or the dollar defense or whatever. But everyone, at one time or another, has played baseball and talks about the game.
Joe Torre is being second-guessed today in the media, and I want to say a thing or two about that.
A second guesser is someone who has no idea about the first guess, and someone who needs two guesses to get it right.
Joe Torre, who has done a magnificent job all year, made a few decisions that only a manager can make. It was a tough loss, and after games like last night’s where the Dodgers were up 5-3 going into the 8th, the second-guessers come out.
I used to tell my players that I will never criticize them for walking a batter because I walked batters. I would never criticize them for making a wild pitch because I made wild pitches. I would never criticize them for giving up a home run because I gave up home runs.
But I would criticize them if they didn’t hustle, because I always hustled. And I would criticize them if they didn’t put all their heart and determination into the game, because I always did.
And that’s what happened last night. The team put all their heart into the game but came up short.
To all you second-guessers, remember this; we are still alive. Earlier this year we beat the Phillies four games in a row.
Ten times this season, we’ve won three straight games…
Seventeen times this season, we’ve won back-to-back games on the road…
We’re 12-7 in our last 19 road games…
We’ve won 23 of our last 34 games…
Remember when we had $75 million on the disabled list? Did Joe Torre make any excuses then? No. He always did his best to put a competitive team on the field.
He believed in them then, and he believes in them now.
Whether we win or lose tomorrow night, I applaud and commend Joe for a job well done.