Some outtakes from the commercials that Joe Torre made about his “new life” on the Left Coast are much funnier than the scenes that made the final cut. No matter. Whether he’s pretending to surf or practice yoga, or just driving around town in a convertible, what comes through is how much the man loves LA.
What you might not know watching the same laid-back guy manage the Dodgers is that still he loves winning baseball games even more.
Torre was born and raised and Brooklyn, and the first time we met was in 1990 in Chicago, by way of St. Louis. He’d just been hired by the Cardinals to replace Whitey Herzog, marking the third club Torre toiled for as a field hand that thought enough of his acumen to bring him back as a field manager. Candidly, Torre admitted having second thoughts.