A couple of questions about Joe Torre’s new book:
1. Why write it now? No matter who has the moral high ground, doesn’t this sort of thing wear better after you retire?
2. Why the detached, third person narrative and cursory handling of his early years with the Yankees? I’m certain there’s a very interesting first person story inside Joe Torre that speaks to all he did and all he felt in his life. If so, and if you’re going to write a book now, why not write that one?
3. Michiko Kakutani reviews sports books? She’s probably the highest caliber book reviewer in the country. If Salinger or Pynchon come out with something new, she’d be on it. So I ask: isn’t that a bit of overkill for Joe Torre? Heck, I review sports books for a New York paper too. Which leads me to wonder: why am I not getting invited to any parties with Michiko Kakutani?
I like Joe Torre, so I’ll probably read this eventually, but I do find both the timing and the apparent content of this book to be rather curious.