So, I was out there with some of the diehards last night - Michelle, Steve, Scott, Danny, Al - outside of Bookends in Ridgewood, barely able to feel our toes, and asking them essentially the same question put to Joe Torre. Why?
Why stand for hours in 20-degree weather for a five-second meeting with the manager who might have violated some trust within the club you root for? There were a lot of unabashed Torre fans out there, that's why. They were thankful for his steady guidance since '96, and mostly wanted to remember the good times -- though they were still very interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff.
My take was essentially their take. Torre had a right to write a book about his experiences, but you didn't expect it to come out this soon. Anyway, thanks to everyone who gave me a few minutes of their time while we all turned a deeper shade of blue on the sidewalk.
Forgot to mention, from the Brian Cashman interview the other night, that the GM expects to go to spring training with what he has -- meaning no trade for Xavier Nady -- and that it was "a good thing.'' There's no sense in giving Nady away now, and a lot can happen in seven weeks at spring training.