Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Torre apologizes, says no interest in managing Mets
By Adam Rubin
Joe Torre apologized publicly to Jerry Manuel, although the Dodgers skipper did not call his New York counterpart to relay his sorrow at speaking about a managerial job that is occupied.
ESPNLA's Tony Jackson relays the quotes from Torre:
"I apologize. He is right that I shouldn't have said that, and I don't think I did. Somebody asked me if I would take a call from [Mets owner] Fred Wilpon. I have known Fred Wilpon forever. I won't be managing the Mets, and I thought I made that clear yesterday. It was about taking a call as opposed to looking for a job. I went to New York to pay tribute to George [Steinbrenner]. If I was looking for a job, I probably wouldn't have gone to New York.''
Question: You said the other day that you never close the door on anything. Just to clarify, are you officially closing the door on ever managing the Mets?
"I guess you can call me a liar in that regard," Torre replied. "I am closing the door on managing the Mets and probably everybody else. The only thing I'm trying to do is that I don't want to mislead anybody. My intention is that when I finish here as a manager a week from Sunday, I am anticipating that will be my last game as a manager. I don't want to say I'm definitely not going to do this again, but that's only other [teams] aside from the Mets. ... I spent 12 years forging a relationship with those fans in New York. I don't want to all of a sudden go across the river and have them get mad at me.
"I apologize to Jerry Manuel and all the other managers. I don't blame them. I know they don't want to get stepped on I know in answering questions [Monday] and having a press conference, I know what my intention was. Unfortunately, I can't get on the other side of it and see how it's received. I would doubt very seriously if there would be anything that would entice me to manage again. This is pretty good duty out here, this franchise and this ballpark. I don't anticipate anything that would make sense for me to manage again.''