Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another Shutout, Dodgers out and Torre makes up his mind

Tell me where you work so I can call your boss and let them know I might be interested in your job and that I hope my phone rings.

Not cool, right? Even Joe Torre knows he blew it. How can you even say you might be interested in a job that's occupied by another manager?

Like I wrote yesterday, I do think it's a slap in the face. Not even because he's our current manager but because Jerry Manuel is managing the Mets. We all know Manuel might get fired any day now but that's not the point. In my opinion, it was a jerk move.

T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times feels the same way. {linked here}

"Headline in the New York Daily News," I told Torre: "Mike Pelfry says it would be 'kind of cool to have Joe Torre' as manager."

"He shouldn't be doing that," Torre said.

"But you're supposed to be the epitome of class," I said. "The Mets still have a manager in Jerry Manuel and you are talking about the man's job with the media in New York."

Torre leaned forward, both elbows on his desk, and thought for a moment. "I know me and I know what I'm doing. I was not soliciting a job and I don't care what people in New York think."

"What about the Manuel comment?" I asked. Torre was unaware until I told him that Manuel had fired back.

"You question the integrity," Manuel told Mets reporters when asked about Torre's remarks.

Torre nodded. "I probably should have said they have a manager, and I apologize. I misspoke. I should have been more considerate of that situation. I feel badly. There's no excuse for that.

Funny. What? He thought his quotes wouldn't land in Los Angeles? And what do you mean you misspoke? You said it clearly.

I am curious. (Mets job) When the season is over, I hope the phone will be ringing."

In other news...

  • The Dodgers have been eliminated from postseason action. They were shutout last night again for the 17th time.{}
  • James Loney says "You've got to run hard every time" {L.A. Times}
  • Frank and Jamie McCourt will go to mediation this Friday {
And Happy Birthday to Tommy Lasorda, who tunrs 83 today. 

Pix: Getty. Joe Torre as a New York Mets manager in 1978.