Yankees manager Joe Torre was inspirational, entertaining and even informative during his Hall of Fame speech. He reflected on what it took to both play and manage in major league baseball.
Torre won four championships with the New York Yankees, he even recalled the big hits and moments from those championships, with several of the Yankee fans in attendance saying, "I remember that," after each recollection.
Those wins were all under the ownership of George Steinbrenner, but regrettably, Torre failed to mention "The Boss", saying he had his thoughts on Steinbrenner's influence in his notes, but accidentally passed those paragraphs on his page. After the ceremony, Torre had a chance to reflect on Steinbrenner's influence to the media.
"George, he was tough...he was tough, but he was always there. I played for owners who were there sometimes, George was there and he didn't miss a trick," Torre said.
He mentioned his knew Steinbrenner's history of firing managers, but said the two had mutual respect for each other.
"Managing the Yankees was really what you set out in baseball to do, get to the World Series, and to have the opportunity to do that with George so many times was an incredible feeling," Torre said.