By Gary Sussman
“Practice….we’re talkin’ practice?”
“You play…to win…the game.”
Press conferences. Forever burnt into the annals of sports legacy. The essence of the give and take between the media and the head coach, or the manager, or ( I love this) the skipper ( a great name for a dog…but more for boats…or Gilligan’s Island…but I digress) and yes, of course, the players. Which brings me to my favorite Pinstripe moment of the past six months. Judge?….Didi?…Sanchez?…..oh no my friends, think smaller. Think Torreyes.
Castro hits the homer. Judge hits the monster swat. Round the bases to waves of applause…and then…in the dugout…step into the ‘Toe-Night Show’, produced by the Yanks diminutive but highly valuable utility man, one Ronald Torreyes. What??? That’s right, with a camera ( the rack used for cups and sunflower seeds) and microphones (any cup will do), all who ding must stop for a chat. Brilliant! Entertaining! Hilarious! ( Remember when Kramer was hosting a talk show….in his apartment…he would be so proud…but I digress).
Besides the visual that the Boyz from the South Bronx produced with their creativity, to me, it showed a unity and chemistry that the manager and fans can only dream about. This is what a winning team does! All for one, one for all. The Yankee season has been a joy to behold, considering in January, the media vibe was….maybe they can get to 75 wins. Maybe. And here they are in the playoffs…and even better…they made the Stadium rock like it was…dare I say…the old Stadium? And you can look no farther than the mock pressers in the dugout…and all must stop for an interview. Regardless of your place in the lineup or on the back page.
The esprit de corps (trust me on this one…I did a Google search) led by Didi (Man…did he make you forget #2…sorry Jeets…enjoy Miami) was and is a joy to behold. And remember…. they unveiled their new talk show during the pressure of September. Or I should say…what pressure!
Youth….and the Yankees. My head may implode.
A-Rod…Big Papi…The Big Hurt…and Keith. Didn’t know if it was studio show or a new Miller Lite commercial!!
Bird is your first baseman…you can’t move Sanchez there…and the Yankees have two ex-catchers on the coaching staff…this is not rocket science.
David Wright has taken more needles than a 10-claimer at Yonkers.
He usually only works three days a week…and many times you need to lift your pants to avoid the dirty water…but Howard’s celeb interviews are still the best in the business.
Not a lot of laughter on ‘Ray Donovan’ these days.