We kind of miss Joe Torre, and not just because the Yankees appear doomed without him this season. We miss it all — the calm demeanor, the eight-cups-a-game green-tea habit, even the occasional on-camera nose picking. But, thankfully, we no longer have to rely on “traditional media” to keep up with him, because this weekend, Torre started his own blog!
And honestly, this thing is kind of adorable. It’s a cross between a grandfather's observations about the Internet (“I saw one of those little candy Valentine's hearts printed with 'LOL' and thought it was a typo right up until I started reading about blogs and Web acronyms. I mean, WTF(udge), right?”) and the random musings from Larry King’s old USA Today column (“People really DO carry pocket dogs around with them wherever they go. I have no idea where you'd put these little yip-yaps when you go to the restroom”).
Plus, if you can look past the flashy, L.A.-centric design — the blog’s hosted by MLB.com, so Torre likely isn’t doing a lot of Photoshop work himself — he reminds you that he’s still a New Yorker at heart. He bemoans having to drive a car everywhere, especially in Southern California traffic, and he refers to New York as “a town where people buy color-coordinated pepper spray cans,” which is about the funniest line we’ve read all week.
We’re sure Torre’s got some help putting it together (many sports personalities do), but with only three posts under his belt, he seems to have this blogging thing down pretty well. Well, almost. At one point, he writes that “Only about seven percent of LA residents took public transit in '06 (yes, I looked all this stuff up).” Joe, you’re a blogger. There’s no need to concern yourself with “facts.” All you’ve gotta do is share.