Torre: No regrets over A-Rod

June, 26, 2010
In spite of being snubbed by Alex Rodriguez before Friday night's game, Joe Torre continued to give him the benefit of the doubt. "That's fine,'' Torre said. "He was busy.''
But Torre acknowledged that in addition to his Core Four, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, every remaining Yankee who had played for him, includng Joba Chamberlain, Robbie Cano and Phil Hughes -- who Torre still refers to as "Philip'' -- found time to come over and say hello, as well as one who never played for him.
"A.J. Burnett came over to say hello, and I never managed him,'' Torre said. "Maybe he was filling in (for A-Rod).''
Torre was asked if he ever second-guessed himself about dropping Rodriguez to eighth in the batting order for Game 4 of te 2006 Division Series against the Tigers, the event that apparently triggered the hard feelings that intensified after the publication of Torre's memoir "The Yankee Years.''
"No,'' Torre said. "He wasn't swiging the bat well. Maybe in the back of my mind I was just hoping he’d get mad or something, because he was just in sort of a malaise at that time. He didn’t like it, but he’s a pro, he went out there and played, and that night, when the game was over and everybody was saying their goodbyes, he came over and hugged me goodbye. So I was surprised to find out there was something he was angry about.''
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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