LOS ANGELES, California - Joe Torre, the ex-manager of 'The Boys in Pinstripes,' the New York Yankees has written an expose on his old team.
The book which will come out Feb. 3 is entitled, 'My Life in Pinstripes - The Gripes, The Hypes, & The Wipes.'
In the book, Torre writes that Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner would always mispronounce his last name and when he would write it, he would always leave off the second r, or sometimes the first r.
He also wrote that Alex Rodriguez's teammates would call him 'A-Fraud' behind his back. But Torre did add that it was simply a case of them being jealous because A-Rod was making $28 million a year, or if you break it down, it comes out to $172,839.50 per game!
Torre reveals how all of the hot dog vendors at Yankee Stadium really admired Derek Jeter. One of them Luigi Giambattista said, "Ya know, this Derek dude has dated some of the most sexalicious women walking around.
I've seen pichers (photos) of him with Mariah Carey, Scarlett Johansson, Adriana Lima, and the two Jessica's, Alba and Biel. Hey the dude practically lives at the 'Y.'"
Torre also writes that Steinbrenner did not like the fact that when he was out at restaurants and people would come up and ask him for his autograph that Joe would always be cordial and would oblige them.
He said that Steinbrenner called him in his office one day and told him that from now on whenever he was approached for an autograph that he was to charge the person $20 and that he would keep $10 and the other $10 would go into the Steinbrenner Christmas Fund.
Torre told Steinbrenner that he was full of pigeon shit and that he could kiss his Brooklyn-born butt. Torre then spit on Steinbrenner's tiara, which was sitting on an end table by the door, and he walked out.
Another revelation in the book is that Steinbrenner had sworn him to secrecy about the infamous 'pinstripes story.'
Steinbrenner who is filthy rich is also notoriously cheap. Two years ago he actually went to the factory where the Yankee uniforms are made and he talked to the general manager and he instructed him to use the cheapest pinstripes available.
So the man did. And the first time it rained, the pinstripes ran. The pinstripes had been put on with magic markers.
Joe devotes a whole chapter to Steinbrenner's penchant for being overly cheap. In the chapter titled, "Anyone Got Change for a Nickel?" He tells of a time when Steinbrenner instructed his chauffeur to stop off at a pawn shop. The Yankee owner went in and came out ten minutes later with three pairs of boxer shorts.
Another time he went to a flea market in New Jersey and he bought a comb, a pair of socks, an album by the Village People, and a toothbrush.
Joe says that he truly misses being a part of the New York Yankees organization. But that he is thrilled with being the skipper of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Joe smiles and says, "Hey in L.A., it's done one way...Joe's way."
In other news. Steve Martin has been signed by Warner Brothers Pictures to star as Senator John McCain in a movie about his 2008 presidential campaign with Governor Sarah Palin.
The film will be entitled, "Big Mac & McNuggets." And since Tina Fey was not available to play Palin, the studio has decided to go with Halle Berry instead.