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On July 11th, we had the honor of hosting Joe Torre at Steiner Sports HQ for a Meet & Greet/Q & A.
If you don't have time to watch the video - as always, I recommend downloading the pod via iTunes, so you can listen on your way to the office, or during your workout, or whatever else.
In the meantime, here are some highlights:
Joe Torre on staying fit and healthy:
I'm still working a lot, which helps. It keeps you from thinking about how old you are.
On working for the league:
I watch all these managers get upset, and I think, "I'm glad I'm not doing that anymore." I'm trying to be the voice of reason, and they're irrational, like I was. It's nice seeing it from the other side.
On his Safe at Home Foundation:
I grew up in an environment where my dad abused my mom and it affected me. And I didn't realize that was why I had certain feelings of inadequacy. It was only through some counseling that I realized that that was causing some of my issues. We provide safe rooms and schools for youngsters. So they can talk about it, and we can let them know it's not their fault. We give them coping skills. I'm very proud of it - it's been over 10 years now.
They do the best they can. And now, with the technology, people think all they do is make mistakes...but they don't get to see the replays until they're in bed that night. We're trying to have the players understand that it kills them when they make a mistake. But they have to exercise authority, so it looks like they don't care sometimes...Over 162 games, it all balances out, somewhat.
On Hank Aaron and Willie Mays:
Henry could do everything Willie could do; he just didn't do it with the same amount of flair.
On being down 2-0 to the Braves in the 1996 World Series, which the Yankees eventually won 4-2:
I was blessed with some great players that didn't know what the word "quit" meant. It was terrific.
On the Hall of Fame:
If it happens, I'm sure I'm gonna be as proud as I can be. But it's something I've never spent a lot of time thinking about. Because I had no control over it, other than doing the best I could all the time.
Words to live by, no??
PS - If you missed it, here's the last Joe Torre podcast.
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