Joe Torre's new book, The Yankee Years, is in the headlines for the manager's candid opinions of former players and coworkers. Among those slammed were [prissy] Alex Rodriguez, [drunk] David Wells and [asian] Hideki Matsui.
As his book release date approaches, even more Torre pull quotes have surfaced and his targets may surprise you.
On George Steinbrenner: "George was interesting because at the end of the day all he wanted to do was win. And sleep with men."
On David Justice: "The guy wore make up. That's why I had to use him as a DH fans would burn the stadium down if they saw a Yankee wearing that much blush. I mean a little blush is fine, obviously, but you should've seen his MAC carryall."
On Derek Jeter: "Mariah Carey. Jessica Biel. Scarlett Johansson, That French Chick You Never Found Out About, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks, Tom Brady, Miss Universe and Oprah. And that's July of 2004."
On Chipper Jones: "I've never coached the guy. I can tell you he has consistently played a great third base for the Braves. Very little bat movement in the box. He missed our interleague series due to the birth of his baby boy. I'm pretty sure the Yankees sent his family some blue baseballs."
On Boston: "It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the T to the ballpark, looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
*From the chapter entitled, "John Rocker Quotes I Agree With But Think About Regarding Boston"
More on Steinbrenner: "He keeps acid in his turtleneck like Hendrix with his headband. George thought he was holding a tree frog when he was actually signing Hideki Irabu to a 4 year, 13 million dollar deal."
More on David Justice: "Strawberry hated him. Lucky for Strawberry, he was always getting arrested for domestic violence, tax evasion, drug abuse and failure to pay child support so he didn't have to deal with the pretty boy [Justice]."
On Aladdin: "Alright, a little off topic here but I just saw this movie and that gypsy kid is an idiot. He was given three wishes, right? One of the rules was "No wishing for more wishes."
- Wish #1 Wish for that rule to be overturned.
- Wish #2 Wish for a thousand wishes.
- Wish #3 Wish for a compact, digital wish tracker so you know when you need to reload.
From the chapter entitled, "The Night I Did Acid and Watched Disney Movies with George Steinbrenner"
Even more on Steinbrenner: "When the team went on road trips George would stay at the stadium and force the grounds crew to roll him up in the tarp and shout, 'I'm a hot dog! I'm a hot dog!'"
On LA's, Suge Knight: "Nope."
On co-writer Tom Verducci:"I get the feeling that Verducci edited alot of what I said out of context in order to sell more books. I mean, Matsui isn't Asian. Is he?"