Proud Pupils — Core Four Reflect on Their Hall of Fame Bound Skipper
January 14, 2014 – On December 9, former Yankees manager Joe Torre was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A few hours after the Hall of Fame announced that Torre would be heading to Cooperstown, I sat down with four of the skipper’s greatest players. While at a Steiner Sports event in New York City, I asked each of the members of the famed Core Four — Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte — to share their thoughts on the man who helped lead them to four championships.
The conversation below will be published in the September Issue of Yankees Magazine along with a feature on Torre’s upcoming induction into baseball’s greatest fraternity. But for now, enjoy this brief look at our coverage of Torre’s lifetime accomplishment.
–Alfred Santasiere III
Alfred Santasiere III: What made Joe different from other managers?
Jorge Posada: He treated me like I was part of his family. He was very encouraging and he did everything he could to get the most out of me. Looking back, his best quality as a manager was that he communicated well with everyone.
Andy Pettitte: Joe never panicked. He never let us get stressed out. When we were young, that gave us the ability to relax in stressful situations. He always showed confidence in us — and he always let us know that he had confidence in us — even when we were struggling. That really helped me. He was my manager, but he was and will always be my friend. I’m really happy for him.
AGS III: Derek, what did Joe mean to you when you were thrust into the spotlight of New York City?
Derek Jeter: The bottom line is that I trusted him. Coming up as a young player, you don’t know what to expect, especially in New York, where the expectations are so high. He put me out there every single day. He put me on the field when I was playing well and when I wasn’t playing well. He’s like a second father to me, and to all of us sitting here. I can’t think of anyone who is deserves this more than Joe.
AGS III: Mariano, what is your favorite memory of the time you played for Joe?
Mariano Rivera: Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series. He put me out there for three innings, and he trusted me that whole time. That is something I will never forget. But, overall, he just let us enjoy playing the game.