September 23, 2010
So David Wells dropped by the Y! Sports Blogs' "Why Is This News?" podcast earlier this week to talk about the usual things with Jay Busbee and yours truly.
You know, like the down-to-the-wire races in the AL East and NL West.
And Wells' upcoming role as a studio analyst for TBS' postseason coverage.
And, finally, because it was such a normal publicity appearance for him, Boomer managed to slip in one of his usual controversial soundbites, saying why he thinks his former manager on the New York Yankees — guy by the name of Joe Torre — is "a coward."
Of course he did.
[Photos: Legendary manager Joe Torre]
"I had [Yankees pitching coach] Mel Stottlemyre come up to me in '97 and tell me they were going to sit me out in the first round against Cleveland," Wells told us. "I said, 'If you're going to sit me out the first round, you might as well just send me home.' That pissed me off because I won like 15, 16 games for them. [...] That's pretty degrading when you have your manager tell your pitching coach to tell you, 'Hey, you're going to sit out,' rather than telling you himself. That's what Joe Torre is to me, a coward.
"I don't like him at all. As a manager, I think he's terrible. He wasn't a fair manager. He didn't treat people the same. He definitely didn't treat me the same. [...] If he tells you anything else, he's a liar."
Wells didn't end there, but we'll let you listen to the podcast to get it all.
This isn't the first time that Wells has been critical of Torre through the media.
When Torre publicized his controversial "Yankee Years" book in early 2009, Wells went on New York radio and said he'd "probably just knock [Torre] out" if he saw him. Torre had been critical of Wells in the book, writing:
"The difference between Kevin Brown and David Wells is that both make your life miserable, but David Wells meant to."
Torre is stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the season, and it's interesting that he's stepping right into more controversy and public barbs. He was also just criticized by New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel for talking about a job in Queens that isn't quite open yet.
Anyway ... on to our conversation with Wells. To play the podcast, click the little arrow next to the link below or save it on your computer. You can also click on the iTunes button below or right here to listen and subscribe. (You'll want to do that because our next podcast includes an interesting conversation with Ken Burns and his upcoming addition to his "Baseball" documentary on PBS.)