Torre said when he managed, he wanted his players to know that wearing a professional uniform was a privilege.
“Jimmy Leyland, after we won four out of five World Series, said this stuff doesn’t happen all the time and it was magical,” said Torre, who guided the Yankees to a five-game World Series win over the New York Mets in 2000, capping a string of three straight titles. “I never took it for granted, knowing how tough it was to do.
“I look out at players now and think, I hope they appreciate it,” he continued. “I used to tell my players, this is something you’re just borrowing. You’re going to have to give it back some time. Just make sure when you’re sitting at home, you’re not saying, ‘Boy, I wish I had gotten more out of it.’”
Notes: Idelson said there will be a big change to the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning exhibition to be held May 24 at Doubleday Field. He said one recently retired player from all 30 big-league teams will play.
“You’ll see a much more competitive game,” Idelson said of the Classic, which is in its sixth year. “There will be some great names that will come out in the next couple of days.”
Idelson also said he expects a big turnout for the Induction Ceremony.
“You start to look at tour groups and the general excitement,” he said. “You have players and managers from all over the country (who will be inducted). In Atlanta, you have a presence, Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis and New York. Early tour numbers look strong, which is great. If Mother Nature proves to be the baseball fan we think she is, we’re expecting really, really big numbers.”
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