Not Quite. Joe Torre got busted!
It seems Joe Torre was being less than forthright when he took the opportunity to bash the Yankees for their “insulting” offer.
It seems Joe Torre thought he had the media in his back pocket, and could have them eating out of his hand (which was true) and nobody would be the wiser.
It seems Joe Torre thought he could go on the radio with sycophantic Mike and the Mad Dog, and have them kiss his ass up and down for an hour about how wonderful he is, and nobody would realize that he was full of crap.
Well, Murray Chass wasn’t buying it: Past Contracts for Torre Had Incentives. Turns out, Joe Torre has a “credibility problem.” Turns out Joe Torre’s previous two contracts all had incentives for not just winning the World Series, but also for regular season wins.
“What was that about not needing incentive “to go ahead and win a ballgame”? That thought insulted Torre? Why, then, did he accept $1 million worth of insults in those years? And why wasn’t he willing to accept a potential $3 million in insults for next season?”
Thanks for the memories, Joe. Good luck being a mediocre manager on some other team that doesn’t have the highest payroll in baseball. And good luck making $5 million guaranteed with $3 million in incentives doing it.
Received from Kenny via email.