Does He Eat His 10,000-Calorie Diet With That Mouth? David Wells Calls Torre A Coward
David Wells has always been known as the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to open his mouth: whether it is to express his controversial opinions on pretty much any topic or when he inhales a meatball hoagie the size of a brand-new paper towel roll for an after-breakfast snack snack. So it should come as no surprise that when given the forum, Wells would use it to reignite his simmering feud with his former manager when he played for the New York Yankees, Joe Torre.
During a Yahoo! Sports’ “Why Is This News?” podcast hosted by Jay Busbee and ‘Duk of Big League Stew recorded earlier this week, Wells, who will be an analyst for TBS during the MLB Playoffs, seized the opportunity to start some s**t and tore Torre a new one (via Big League Stew, where a link to the podcast is available):
“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.”
ME-OW! Mighty big words for a, um, big man. That’s not how the saying goes, but you know where I was going with it. The relationship between Torre and Wells has soured mightily since they worked together, including some not-so-flattering statements Torre made about Wells in his book, Yankee Years, so it’s not mind-blowing at all that Wells was just waiting for an opportunity to blast his former skipper.
But here’s my take: in a world full of so much strife, hatred and ill-will, wouldn’t it be better for everyone if these two simply met, broke bread and made their peace? Of course, Torre would have to ignore Wells’ deplorable table manners while Wells would have to attempt to ignore the fact that the skin of Torre’s face is slowly, inch by inch, sliding completely off his skull.
David Wells calls Joe Torre a ‘coward’ on our podcast [Big League Stew]