Cooperstown (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Joe Torre managed the New York Yankees for 12 years, winning six AL pennants and four World Series in the process. Yet, when Torre left the club in 2007, it wasn't on good terms. Seven years later, things have changed.
Back in '07, Torre publicly said he was insulted by the contract the team offered him, and he went to manage the Dodgers.
Fast forward to 20014, with Torre about to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Saturday he told reporters his relationship with the Yankees now is "just fine," thanks to the same man who once insulted him with that contract: George Steinbrenner.
"I think what broke the ice was when Don (Mattingly) and I flew back from L.A. for when they had the memorial for George," Torre said. "I could never ignore -- after George had passed, I could never not be there. He meant a great deal to me. When I came back, it felt good and I'm very comfortable going there now."
Torre will be inducted alongside Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Cooperstown.