January 30, 2009

Larry Comments on Joe Torre

Posted: 04:25 PM ET


larryking   I've known Joe for many years, and this is the first time I've ever known him to be involved in a controversial situation.  I'm interested if he thought the book would get the kind of reaction it's getting.

   I wonder if he has a double feeling about the book.   Does he feel the Yankees betrayed him by offering him a cop-out contract last year?  Does he think this book is betraying the Yankees, or is this getting even?  Is this a double betrayal?

   His comments about Alex Rodriguez are getting a lot of attention too.  A-Rod is a fascinating study.  He's probably the best player in baseball, but there are so many side effects to him that are almost unbelievable.  I want to know what it's like to manage him.  And what are A-Rod's true feelings about Derek Jeeter.

  I also want to ask about Manny Ramirez - three months and no signing!  And about the Yankees - what was it like to manage in that pressure cooker?  And what are the differences between managing in New York and Los Angeles.   Not many people have managed in both places - in fact I don't think anyone has managed in both before.

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mb55   January 30th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

The same question to bot men if the yankees/redsox are behind them what good is trying to get back at them do? Also why is so hard to sign Manny is it that he wants to play Boston if sio that's a stupid decision. Broxton wasn't a good middle reliever so is he trying to find someone to fill that position?

steve kirby   January 30th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

Does Joe want a memento from the old Yankee stadium?

steve kirby   January 30th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

How did his relationship with George Steinbrenner compare
with that of Hank and Hal?

Damon   January 30th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

Credit Amnesty! What's wrong with it? The government needs to give everyone a credit score of 750 to 785. This will create immediate stimulus. I'm a real estate agent here in Las Vegas and we need buyers to get ride of all the homes. Who designed and created the FICO scoring system anyway. Credit Amnesty for those who have lost or losing there homes and everyone that filed bankruptcy in the last 3 years. Credit Amnesty!

Rich   January 30th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

You seem to push the blame for losses on opthers. Do you take any responsibility for the 2004 playoff loss?. Example, Not sending Sheffield when it was obvious to most that Varitek couldn't catch Wakefield. he did have 3 passed balls that inning.

CoCoChanel411   January 30th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Why the book?

Patterson   January 30th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

Why write this book while you and the players mentioned are still active?
Why should the Dodger players in your current clubhouse feel secure about you not sharing your truths about them?
Do you feel you broke your own rule of what happens in the clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse or did you provide the players with an expiration date on that rule?

I feel that the person I have been rooting for, respecting and admiring both on and off the field for the past 13 years is not the same person who wrote this book and I'm saddened by that.

erik   January 30th, 2009 8:39 pm ET

How different was it dealing with Steve Swindal versus Hal and Hank?

Dustin Paulik   January 30th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

What's the book for? I don't understand why Joe Torre needs to prove himself over and over again. I would think 11 years with the Yankees would be enough for a book about baseball instead of everything about the politics of the organization. And I don't understand why A-Rod is a fraud.

hugh ~ california   January 30th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

What gain do you get from writing a book with such provocative subject matter, especially since you have been quoted years earlier how proud you were of your Yankee team? What made you change your mind?

I’ve always have a soft spot in my heart for the Yankees, who are without a doubt the greatest of all baseball teams. Do you agree? So many legends of the game played at “the House that Ruth Built.”

Patterson   January 30th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Please answer the question about breaking the code. It needs tobe asked again

Carl   January 30th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

You were handed a team that was destined to win the World Series, the Yankees paid you $50 million, you will go to the Hall of Fame as a result of your time with the Yankees. Without you Yankee experience, you would be signing autographs at baseball card shows. And what is you gratitude, you slam the Yankees including George Steinbrenner who is in the twilight of his days.
If you make the Hall, I hope the Yankees prevent you from wearing their uniform. To the Dodgers team and management, take note.

peter jones   January 30th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Larry, Only in America can a guy like Joe Torre be viewed as a great manager, write books and be on your show. If it wasn't for the players on the Yankees, he'd still be known as "clueless Joe". Just goes to show you what a great country we live in when a guy with average at best managerial skills can be viewed in such high esteem! The book, like much of his aura ,is fluffed up...this time by a great writer in Verducci.

Good luck in LA Joe and I can't wait to see your next book ripping the Dodgers.

Michael Karrel   January 30th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I'm hoping when I read the book,.I'll differently, but the fact is you may say "third person" but its your name first on the book Joe. The early excerpts are very disappointing that you would say things about people who quite frankly enabled you to make the money you did in New York. Cashman, A-Rod, Wells, Jeter,,,,,,I guess we should be sad you felt so underpaid.

Sue   January 30th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Joe, Where you not asked to participate in the closing of the old Yankee Stadium? Why weren't you there? You were part of making that stadium in recent years.

Brian U.   January 30th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

When all the smoke from "TYY" clears, should the Yankees still retire his number "6" and dedicate a plaque in his name in memorial park in new Yankee Stadium? Does Joe care?

ed scarangella   January 30th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Joe, You can excuse this book anyway you want, but it didn't have to be done and it was a cheap way to make money that you don't need. You tarnished your reputation and a lot of people will never feel the same way about you ever again!

Crystal   January 30th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Joe: I think look up to you as a person and a professional. I followed you and your yankees through my childhood. So many memories that you're apart of. i wish you well in all of your endevours and will never forget you!

peter jones   January 30th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Ask Joe how a guy with limited managerial abilities feels every morning knowing that if his time with the Yankees never happened he'd be in a broadcast booth somewhere and be a complete afterthought in the baseball world.

THe Red Sox should send him a bouquet of roses every year and thank him for allowing them to now be viewed as the best team in baseball..Torre was a product of his players and is no better a manager than Stump Merrill was...

Margaret Biddles   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

It's good to see and hear from Joe Torre again. Does he think Joe Girardi did a good job last year?

peter   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET long Red Sox fan. Thank you so much for all the memories...the crying after the world series, the bad pitching decisions with your bull pen...the "Richard Nixon" impressions from the dugout as you fell asleep at times...

Glad you're on the West Coast. Wonder how long it will take for you to get over sensitive out there about something, cry like a baby and write a tell all book about the Dodgers.

I wouldn't spend $2.65, much less $26.95 for Verducci's book

LLoyd Stone - New Jersey   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Do you see the day when Jeter will manage and Moe will be his pitching coach? Did you write about John Sterling and his antics in your book?

Bruce Mourhess Sr.   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I was wondering if Joe Torre felt slighted that he wasn't included in the Yankee Stadium closing. I don' t think anything was ever mentioned about him being even the manager in the last few years.

K Jones   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


My respect for Joe Torre has spiked. He's a brilliant businessman. This is all about getting paid. Who would buy a book that's merely a history blog? Bravo!!

VINNY GAGLIARDI   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


We miss you managing the Yankees. If David Wells wants to knock you out, that punk has to get by a lot of Marines first, starting with me.

All the best to you.

As we Marines say, "Semper Fi"!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Christine Ambrosio   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, I love you, but shouldn't you have waited until you and all the players you talk about were retired?

Linda   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I would like to know if Joe Torre thinks as I do, that the commissioner is nothing more than a trained monkey for the owners? And George Steinbrenner has been the lead trainer.

Laurie   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

What do you think of the Yankees off season acquisitions; is your sister still a Yankee fan or are all the prayers now going to Dodger Blue? PS...
you are missed!

Margaret   January 30th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I have a question for Joe: Why didn’t you write the book when you were a Yankee? Was it sour grapes, because you were offered a low-ball contract? And do not lie.

I have lost respect for you.

bill o'reilly (iReporter)   January 30th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

This is a Brooklyn throwback-don't you get it? Joe has jumped the fence, burned the pin stripes and painted on the Dodger Blue.

Don't you see this trash-the-Yanks book was destined to happen?

See it in a historical perspective, and it takes some of the onus off Joe.

bill o'reilly (iReporter)   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

This is a Brooklyn throwback-don't you get it? Joe has jumped the fence, burned the pin stripes and painted on the Dodger Blue.

Don't you see this trash-the-Yanks book was destined to happen?

See it in a historical perspective, and it takes some of the pressure off Joe.

Vinnie   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I am 59 years old and have been a Yankee fan all those years. Joe Torre looks just like my dad. I have thought Joe was one of the most sincere and professional members of the Yankees' franchise. Listening to him tonight further cements my beliefs. He is one of a kind. Thanks Joe, and God bless. Vinnie

Bill Fullen   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Joe Torre was the Yankees biggest loss since the "perfesser". George Steinbrenner attittude is always – What have you done for me lateley .
This most certainly gives the game a bad name.

bill o'reilly (iReporter)   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

This is a Brooklyn throwback-don't you get it? Joe jumped the fence, burned the pin stripes and painted on the Dodger Blue.

Don't you see this trash-the-Yanks book was destined to happen?

See it in a historical perspective, and it takes some of the onus off Joe.

Samuel Tavarez   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I Think Joe Torre made some notes about the Yankees. That might give them a little misjudgement about Joe Torre's book but he is still a great Person, and a great manager.

P.S I hope you come back with the yankees.

Sue   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

We are the ultimate Joe Torre fans but today my son and I had a minor argument about the book. He's upset! I'm not! We decided to wait until we both read it before we make up our minds for sure.

Dave   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

How about taking Lasorda on as bench coach?

georgia   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Joe..glad you're still in the game!

I have a baseball signed by you and Warren Spahn when you were in Milwaukee...can you recall the year?


A Long Time Fan

Richard Baker   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Joe Torre is the epitome of class . He has character. He is unfairly being critized for honesty. He will be vindicated This from a lifetime Red Sox fan

Cliff - Davenport,FL   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Joe, I would like to know how you feel about not being involved in the Yankees closing cermony at "Old Yankees Stadium". I feel that was the only thing missing on that historic night.

Lola delRivero   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am so disappointed about what I have heard of this book and you but would like to know "Who's uniform will be displayed in Cooperstown" you will inducted surely. Why pick on Steinbrenner especially now?

Jenny   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Coach have watched you for years and you appear to be happy. Was this book therapeutic for you?

Tony   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The Yankees treated Joe like garbage the last few years, and even though i'm a Yankee fan, I wish the best for him in Dodger Blue.

Keli   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Anybody that knows anything about the Yankees has to realize playing, coaching, and managing there has to be a nightmare at times – that's the nature of the beast. He's just telling it like it is. Who doesn't want to hear the realities of being involved with the organization. The quotes you read relative to Mr. Steinbrenner are things we all gleaned over the years anyway. I think Mr. Torre is telling it like it is. Good for him. The Yanks didn't get to the top without controversy; they didn't falter without controversy; and when they rise again – it won't be without controversy. Give Joe his due – he's a class act and Yankee fans and players have to respect his honesty and his contributions. Thanks Mr. Torre!

Frank A.   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

As a life long Yankee I am extermly disappointed and upset. You left with the fans loving you and now will not get what we all wanted...your number retired..a place in Momument Park...and the opportunity for us to cheer you on your returns on Old Timers Day and after the book you do not deserve it. This will never happen...and shouldn't. You betrayed the confidentiality of your players...what goes on in the locker room stays in the locker room. You preached it when you were here as manager but I guess that chnages when it becomes self serving. What were you thinking??? As for you comments about George Steinbrenner...he was the one who gave you a job when no one else would, except as a broadcaster. This is no show of gratitude. He supplied the players to give you teh oportunity to win and they won...they were out on the field. I was once a BIG Joe Torre more.

Sharon Smith   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hi, Joe...I am a die hard Yankees fan and am wondering what your take is on the Roger Clemens saga and what his legacy will or will not be?

bill o'reilly (iReporter)   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

You gotta see this as a Brooklyn Dodger throwback-don't you get it? Joe has jumped the fence, burned the pin stripes and painted on the Dodger Blue.

Don't you see this trash-the-Yanks book was destined to happen?

See it in a historical perspective, and it takes some of the onus off Joe.

Rich   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Joe, Why didn't you send the runner on Wakefield when Varitek couldn't catch him in 04. 3 passed balls that inning . It could have won the Yanks the game and series.

Richard Baker   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Managing big egos , personalities is no small feat. Joe Torre did it well with class and it's too bad more players did not pay attention to his good advice.. A-Rod could have been the greatest ever. He needed a mentor like Torre, and he rejected him. Unfortunately for A Rod he did not grow up in time. The same for David Wells

VINNY GAGLIARDI   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Bill Fullen hit it on the head. Joe IS the greatest Yankee manager since Casey Stengel. And, O'Reilly ...............Joe did NOT burn the pinstripes. The idiots, starting with that jerk, Randy Levine, burnt him.
Smarten up, O'Reilly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arnold Keith   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

O.K. Honestly-do you have some regrets that you are not with the team in the new Stadium, Petite took lees money and an incentive laden contract, dont you feel you kinda jumped the gun, made a mistake, going to the Dodgers?

And two, really you had no idea about steroid use? Kevin Brown's shrinkage, Roger Clemens craziness? Petite? Giambi? Sheffield? Knonblach? Etc. Or is it if you really knew-but because of the negative backlash-you can never talk about it? Personally I don't think any of the guys should be punished-it is what it is-cheating? they were just trying to be the best they could and help themselves and their teams-theres been an over reaction- but you were right there- you had no idea?

Bi Anoli   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Joe, In the 2003 ALCS what was your feelings to Grady Little leaving Pedro Martinez in to face Pocada?

ruben brache   January 30th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Joe, before it was confirmed that you weren't coming back. I want you to know that I called Legends Field on a.Saturday morning and asked for Hank. I got through to his voicemail and left a very long message insisting that the Yankees re-sign you. I can't believe he didn't listen! The book hasn't changed a thing. You're the best. Thank you so much, God bless you,

Timone4   January 30th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am disappointed in Joe. I will never see him the same. I cannot wait until the new season begins so we can focus again on baseball! Again, did you break the code?

CARMEN BENNETT   January 30th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Hi LARRY i congratulate you on your great sense of humour i love to see JOY BEHAR on your show she is good for your hart she makes you laught from the bigging to the end,and i am here laughting with you both. Larry i have an idea you could marry Joy and me that means you would have 3 wives we will take good care of you smile and laught LARRY i want to keep watching you and joy for a long time i love you guys .Thanks LARRY you gives me strenght and motivation to go on i want to keeping watching you for a long long time on CNN God bless you and your family LARRY.

Cliff - Davenport,FL   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry,What's in the Dodgers cup? Be careful Joe may write a book about you drinking from the mug that he gave you!

Charles Comello   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Joe I love you, always.

joseph j somma (joe0   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET


Joe Torre sat on his hands for too long during years the Yankees

have and should have won. He was entirely too reticent when he should have shown more spirit and gumption..

A yankee fan for over 70 years.

Berty Wheeler   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Joe's comments on the show don't match the provocative captions. King is trying to sensationalize everything as he usually does.
Joe was not treated very well by the Yankees when he was let go but he doesn't seem bitter. He still is a gentleman.
Yes, I'm a Yankee fan and will definitely read the book. Maybe I'll change my opinion after reading it, most likely not.

Richard Baker   January 30th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

BTW I am a Red Sox fan. I admire character, quality, honesty and hard work. Coach Torre did it with class. It's nice he can maintain a connection to NYC, historically.

Richard Baker   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

BTW I am a Red Sox fan. I admire character, quality, honesty and hard work. Coach Torre did it with class. It's nice he can maintain a connection to NYC, historically.

Tim   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Good for Joe. George is an ungrateful tyrant.

Robert Bessell   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Can you answer me this? Did Billy Martin's book get this much controversy? As I recall, Martin's book "bashed" George and many Yankee players. It doesn't seem to me like Joe's book is like Billy's book. So why bash Joe? You'll always be a Yankee great to me.

Ryan   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

David Wells said on the radio that you favored Derek Jeter and certain other players... How do you feel about that comment

Deepak Suresh   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Hi Mr.Torree,
I'm a red sox fan.If you resign Manny and if he pushes one of the senior staff to the ground for a lack of game tickets,like he did, how would you deal with a situation like that.

Jason   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How did you feel when the Yankees didn't include you in celebration in the last year of the stadium. Thanks for everything!


Jackie Volkell   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

what do you think of the new or a new yankee stadium?

Phyllis Klick   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

for Joe Torre

What are your thoughts on the new Yankee Stadium? Did we really need it?

Adnan   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Joe, you probably would have been immortalized in monument park some day. As a result of this book it looks like you have tarnished your reputation and that may not happen some today.
It is really a shame, was the book worth it?

David Ruppel   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mr. Torre, I'm curious if there are any teams that you would not want to manage?

Nick   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mr torre, do you feel any regret in writing this book and any sense of embarresment when you return to spring training and the 2009 regular season?

Patterson   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Joe may have gotten credit for writing this book but he didn't read it. What he is saying and what are in the book are 2 different things.

Reed Phillips   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mr Torre,
With all the steroids scandel, have you talked with Roger Clemens since he testified in front of Congress?

Ron Harper   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I will be seeing Don Mattlingly at a fundraiser in his hometown soon, Would you consider coming along sometime?

gw   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What was it like playing with both Warren Spahn and Bob Gibson and who was better?

Don from New york   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I read Bobby Murcer's book "A Yankee For Life" .

The book made me laugh, cry and I couldn't put it down, nothing negative. This was a man who truly loved and appreciated the Yankee organization and fans. We loved him in return. He was a class act.

I don't understand the need for negativity to sell a book. et tu brute?

Jeannie   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

First off....I am a life long Red Sox fan, and like all Sox fans... i hate the Yankees. I have always liked you though Joe. My question to you is... Was blowing a 3-0 lead to the Red sox in 2004 the lowest point in your Yankee career?

Tammy   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

You are a class act and this is from a Red Sox [life long] fan.
When you were their coach , you made it hard for me to hate the Yankees.
The Dodgers are blessed to have you...sadly it looks like you'll be stuck with Manny again...
I wish you and your family the best.

Samuel Tavarez   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Do you think that the Yankees should hire you back? Or do you want to come back to New York? Do you think that the Yankees would make it this year with your former bench coach Joe Girardi? By the way what do you think that Manny Ramirez should stay with Yankees?

Mark Milner   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Hi Joe,
I am a hugh yankee fan and seasons ticket holder. I attended the closing day of Yankee Stadium. I was disappointed that they did not mention you in the closing events. Were you hurt disappointed, etc and did that effect you decision to write the book? As sad as I was for you, I am disappointed you wrote the book and said what you said. Did you anticipate this backlash?

Vin   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

With retrospect looking at the trades including midseason during the last couple of years how is it that Brian Cashman is still running the team. Seems like that they didn't pan out. How effective has he been with team development?

C. Pompeo   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am amazed by the news media attacks on Joe Torre. Where was the outrage I expected from the newsmedia when Joe was completely ignored at the closing celebration of the old Yankee stadium? All of the Yankee greats were honored and not a mention of the manager who did more for them than any other. The organization acted as if he never existed. Now the Yankees feel hurt? Give me a break! I am a Yankees fan and miss Joe Torre. Bottom line – they never should have let him go!

Jim   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Please ask why Joe when the Yankees lost persistently claimed he can't make them hit or pitch, etc, but when the Yankees win the World Series it is because of Joe.

Victoria Woods   January 30th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


Do you think the book will jeopardize the chance of the #6 Jersey you wore being retired by the Yankees alongside Jeter and Rivera's?

Richard Baker   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Steroids are a fact of life. The problem has been overlooked from all points of view. MLB benefited from steroid use, with ratings . $$$$$$
What do you think of MLB being silent on steroid use for so many years, knowing that many players were using them

Jim   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I know this is about the Yankees but I've got to know. Will Manny be back? Where are the Dodgers headed? Closer?

Dodgers4232   January 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Torre has nothing to be sorry for. The Yankees Front Office and George's, Hank and Hal's "baseball people", we'd like to know who they are, were the reason that he left. Cashman was a puppet for "the baseball people." A-ROD is overrated. Why did Hicks, owner of the Rangers part ways with him? That Ballpark in Dallas is a hityters paradaise, why let A-ROD go? Something is wrong with A-rod, very wrong. Good luck Joe and bring us a World Series in 2009.

peter fatooh   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Joe: Who's got the more passionate rivalry, yanks/boston or giants/dodgers....thank you

Penny   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

My family has been Yankees fans when we only listen to to the games on the radio!!! as the next set of fans my son goes to N.Y. every year to watch the Yankees!! I Think the way the yankees treated JOE was on call ed for > GO JOE still like themYankees

william   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Do you really win this much without a 200 million dollar payroll?
Cashman saved your career.

Jack Varanelli   January 30th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think joe is the winningest manager in baseball, I would love to see just once the Dodgers and Yankees in the World series and the Dodgers kick the crap out of them just to stuff one in Stienbrenners you know what. Joe I still lov Ya

Samuel Tavarez   January 30th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

What do you think about the Yankees relising Jason Giambi? Also do you think the Yankees made a right move getting the three stars CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira?

Marla   January 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I watched your show tonight with Joe Torre and I have to say as always the news media is trying to make Joe Torre out to be the bad guy and the book is bad mouthing the Yankees. Joe would never do that,he has too much class and many victories with the Yankees behind him. Excerpts from the book are taken out of context and turned around so it seems believeable. The news media continues to distort everything.
It sickens me to no end.
The Yankee execs are the ones to blame for letting Joe walk and they paid for it last year, didn't they?

T.J. O'Connor   January 31st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Joey come back, you can blame it all on me. Come back to New York, you were the best thing to ever happen to the Yankees; I wish there was a chance to see you in pinstripes again.

Jeremy   January 31st, 2009 12:48 am ET

Speaking for the 36.7 million Californians it's not all about New York. Dodgers fans think your doing great, and were glad to have you

Conor   January 31st, 2009 12:48 am ET

As a red sox fan I find all of this hilarious, I knew a-rod was wacked! Good luck with manny, joe!

KC Kirk   January 31st, 2009 12:52 am ET

Go, Joe..wonder what Dad would think that we would ever root for the Dodgers, but we did this year! Dad said he made my initials for Casey Stengel when they named me. Can't wait to read the book. Very best to you. Katie

Benny   January 31st, 2009 12:52 am ET

Would you ever consider managing Jai-alai?

Joshua Wiley   January 31st, 2009 4:00 am ET

My dad was, is a great fan of the Dodgers. He was a pitcher, a prospect into college in San Diego, his hero being Sandy Koufax. But he threw his arm out. Could I get a ball autographed for my dad? By you, and if possible, by Chad Billingsly and maybe Jonathon Broxton? That would be the best possible gift for my dad.

MELISSA (age 40)   January 31st, 2009 4:27 am ET

In the late 70's my father handed down a 42-8361 Model JT-1, Joe Torre Autograph Model that I used for 2 years of softball & one year of bad news bears baseball for the minors. I still havent found one that I prefer to use. I live in San Diego & one of these days was hoping to get his autograph on it now that he's here in LA. Theres nothing wrong with change & I hope that it works out for him here. I wish It was as easy as saying "Play for the fun of it" like we did but I realize theres alot more to it for him. Just hope he's havin a little fun & lookin forward to gettin his autograph. Cheers to a great coach :0)

ed ,vancouver canada   January 31st, 2009 5:11 am ET

Damon has a good idea.Here is another one.
How about minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour for 10 million americans.The business pays minimum and government the rest.
By the time the government gets income tax ,sales tax and all other taxes,it creates a surplus because minimum wage does not create a tax base.It also reduces a medical cost crisis.
The government pays the business the difference and the gross outlay is 140 billion for a year.About 14000 a person.The income tax collected is 40 billion,medical 6 billion at $50 a month each and the money after taxes at 850 net a person to spend injected into the economy is 850 times 10 million.That is 8.5 billion dollars a month being spent starting with the first cheques in 2 weeks.That is all taxed too.
This generates 100 billion dollars going into the economy the first year by the biggest untapped consumers.They will start spending or saving the money in two weeks.Saving it helps the banks.They can lend it out at a profit.Either way it creates money.Spending it is good.
At minimum wage these people have never been able to buy homes,cars,furniture or other major items.
If 2/10 bought a car thats 2 million cars.There was 12million sold in 2008.(6.9 million domestic,4.9 million import) 850 a month will get you a car for sure.A nice car.
if 1/10 bought an apartment thats a million apartments.How many forclosures is that? 850 a month will buy you a 100000 dollar apartment or small house.
Giving 700 billion to the banks to write down bad debt helped balance the books.
Now it is time to create a spending machine that will spend and create more than the cost.And fast.
The demand for homes and cars and other goods like televisions etc.will get the other people back to work.Why would a plumber with25 years experience want to learn to be a flagperson?The cost of retraining people for nothing is astronomical.When the crisis is over,their skills are rusty.
Just pay the 10 million working poor a fair wage and the problem is solved overnight.This is the pay plan in successful countries.
The few very rich and the billion peasants is a third world idea.
The banks will make so much interest they won't need a bailout.
This plan will not cause inflation,because the business is not paying.
This is the only way out of the mess.Bottom up not top down.
The incentive is for business to make money.If people buy the goods,they will and everybody wins.
Even better is is to spend 240 billion and pay 10 million people 20 dollars an hour.You do not have to build bridges,these people are already working.

Rebecca S. Camarista   January 31st, 2009 7:46 am ET

Dear Mr. King,

I am writing out of desperation. If the U.S. can intervene in wars, is there a way the U.S. can help my country fight corruption? I have seen you handle many situations of global proportion and I believe you are the right person to give our Philippine government officials a wake up call and your show is the right forum. I watched President Obama's inauguration and he promised to help poor nations.

Thank you for your kind attention and your favorable reply shall be greatly appreciated.

Very truly yours,

Rebecca S. Camarista

John Machado   January 31st, 2009 2:29 pm ET

I am just a dumb Old truck driver, but you had a caller the other day that got this old mind working over time. I am sure you remember the lady that had read and studied the stimulus package. She made one comment that needed to be expanded a little. She made the comment that the stimulus package looked more like a budget than a stimulus package. So if we look at it in that respect and those budget items are taken care of for 2 to 3 years, what would that do for the next budget? As I see it without needing to have to put those items in the real budget it just might be a lot easier to DECREAS THE BUDGET AND MAYBE EVEN BALANCE IT. What would that mean come the next election????

John Machado
Just a dumb truck driver with one heck of an imagination

Jaison   February 1st, 2009 1:52 am ET

Sour Grapes on both sides.......Only in America.

joe   February 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

to donald trump,i have about 60,000 in two different banks now should i pull it out,seeing the banks are near collapse?

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