At ESPN former Yankees pitcher David Wells comments on Joe Torre’s new book, which contains some smack about Alex Rodriguez and others. Wells suggests Torre may not have read the co-authored text, “which I’m very guilty of,” he adds, having included in his own autobio Perfect I’m Not a description of Red owner Marge Schott as “ten pounds of cuckoo in a four-pound clock,” tales of painkiller abuse, fistfights, etc. He expresses concern for A-Rod and the other Yankees: “If you’re gonna go on the road during the season, you’re gonna get bashed by every fan out there, especially in New York.” He adds, “If [Torre’s] gonna talk smack on somebody like that, you better be able to back it up,” though some fans have reason to find Torre’s claim that teammates called Alex Rodriguez “A-Fraud” credible, and Larry Bowa and Mike Mussina admit that the term was used, though they say it was done affectionately. Perhaps A-Rod and the other Yankees should be relieved about the stories Torre didn’t tell.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 28, 2009