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Not Really Relevant: Torre Carries the Olympic Torch in Italy
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
In the middle of all the WBC controversy and cut-throat trades, I thought it might be nice to share a much more heartwarming story. Joe Torre was selected to carry the Olympic torch in Italy for a quarter-mile stint towards the final destination in Turin. Torre is one of ten thousand representatives from around the world chosen to run with the torch on this stretch. Torre’s mother was born in Italy and he still has distant relatives living there, so Italy holds a lot of sentimental value for him.

Newsweek magazine conducted an interview with Torre last week, which can be read here. Here are some highlights:

Q: So tell me about the torch.
A: I’m running a quarter of a mile with it. I was thrilled [to be asked]—especially in Italy, because my mom was born in Italy, so it has sentimental value. I’ll be carrying the torch on the 14th of December.

Q: Are you nervous about dropping the torch?
A: Why did you mention it? Now it’ll be on my mind!

Q: Just between you, me and the readers of NEWSWEEK: is George Steinbrenner the worst boss in the world?
A: I can’t say that because I’ve been here 10 years and I don’t think anyone could have envisioned that. He’s very tough even when you win; he looks toward the next time you need to win. You don’t get a lot of credit and pats on the back, but the fact that you’re still here is, I think, his way of saying that he’s satisfied with what you’re doing.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, December 14, 2005  
  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How can the Yankees not disbarred Torre from joining in this activity.
    After all Posada was prohibited from joining WBC for he is “indispensable” to the team.

    Imagine if the Yankees lose Torre due to the crazy drivers in Italy. A quarter of a mile is a long way.

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