This is a piece I wrote for baseballdigest.com
One of the first lessons I ever learned in life was, “Don’t ever burn your bridges”. It didn’t matter if you hated the job you were leaving, the boss you worked for, your co-workers, or life in general. You never know what might come back to bite you in the behind.
Apparently, Joe Torre didn’t learn that lesson. (Hmm, wonder if it’s in his motivational book or part of his speeches?) When Torre turned down a one year, incentive laden offer from the Steinbrenner clan after the 2007 season, he still had the support of a lot of Yankees fans. It’s difficult to tell if there was a majority of support for him at the time though, because many of those who liked him as Yankees manager still felt it was time for a change.
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