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Tom Verducci
October 28, 1996
A behind-the-scenes look at easygoing Yankees manager Joe Torre as he prepared for the games of his dreams
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October 28, 1996

Regular Joe

A behind-the-scenes look at easygoing Yankees manager Joe Torre as he prepared for the games of his dreams

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Torre has three children—Michael, 31; Lauren, 30; and Tina, 27—from his two previous marriages, and he regrets not having been around more while they were growing up. Although his two older daughters spend much of their time abroad, he is close to all the kids, and they are all in town for the Series. Said Alice, "Andrea has changed him. He used to come home after a loss and it would take him two hours to get over it. Now the first thing he does is pick her up and he's smiling. Sometimes she'll be sleeping, and he'll walk into her room. The next thing I know, he's bringing her in to me saying, 'She woke up.' Right."

After the lopsided loss in Game 1, Torre had to endure a lengthy meeting in his office with Steinbrenner and the Yankees' special adviser, Reggie Jackson. Steinbrenner emerged smiling, but with one of those ominous grins you'd get from the principal upon being summoned to his office. "We had six days off and were a little flat," Steinbrenner told reporters. "Joe will fix it."

It was midnight by the time Torre stepped out of Yankee Stadium and into a miserable drizzle for his ride home. Even on this night the place glowed to him. Before he got into the Explorer, he thought about the first pitch of Game 1, about the thousands of flashbulbs twinkling at almost the same time and how he had never seen anything like it. He thought about standing near home plate for the pregame introductions, about the moment the World Series at last became real.

"I remember thinking about how there were no other scores on the scoreboard tonight," he said. "Nobody else was playing. You're at the center of the world. It was a great feeling, a feeling I'll never forget. And it's something no one can ever take from me."

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