NEW YORK -- A day after attending the American League Wild Card game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park, former Yankees manager Joe Torre was in New York to attend Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.
Torre said he was glad he wasn’t managing New York or Boston in Tuesday night's game, because one of those teams was going to be miserable. That unhappy team turned out to be the Yankees, who lost the game, 6-2.
“It’s tough. I’ve been on both ends -- luckily the good more so than the bad. It’s not easy,” said Torre, who’s now a special advisor to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “I was telling someone earlier, baseball is not a game you play, it’s the life you live. It doesn’t go away that quickly.”
Tuesday night marked the end of Aaron Boone's final year of his four-year contract as manager of the Yankees, having won 328 games with a .601 winning percentage.
“Boonie knows baseball,” Torre said. “He comes from baseball stock, from his grandfather [Ray] to his father [Bob] to his brother [Bret]. He knows what he is doing. You are going to be as good a manager as your players allow you to be. It just wasn’t to be [Tuesday night].
“They were without [DJ] LeMahieu who is a big part of generating offense. [Gerrit] Cole wasn’t as good as [Nathan] Eovaldi [on Tuesday]. That’s what it comes down to. It’s a tough ballpark to play in. But it came down to pitching and the Red Sox did a better job.”