David Wells ‘hated’ Joe Torre during stints with Yankees

Joe Torre could have led the Yankees to 6 American League pennants and 4 World Series titles, however don’t inform that to David Wells. 

Appearing on the Post’s Pinstripe Pod, Wells didn’t sugarcoat his emotions about his former supervisor. 

“I never liked Joe as a manager,” Wells mentioned. “He did stuff to me that he shouldn’t have done to anybody. But, you know, we all knew he treated certain guys different ways. But it was alright, we didn’t care if he talked to us or not. Joe and I are friends now, I respect him. Just the playing days. You don’t want nobody telling you what you can and can’t do. That’s just how we work.”

Wells performed below Torre for 4 seasons — first from 1997-98 and once more from 2002-03.

The three-time All-Star expressed discontent for the therapy he endured for big parts of his profession. Starting during Wells’ tenure in Toronto, coaches and trainers would typically method him with scales to observe his weight. At one level, the Blue Jays applied a coverage that fined Wells $100 for every day he weighed in above the specified restrict. 

Once he established himself within the main leagues, Wells realized to cease tolerating that kind of conduct – together with from Torre. 

“I just said, ‘You know what, I’m doing it my way,’ ” Wells mentioned. “I don’t care. I’m a grown man … You can’t inform me something I don’t already learn about there on the mound. I understand how to do my job. Just don’t attempt to handle me. But they’d attempt to handle me off the sphere, too. I’m like, ‘Do you want to win? Then leave me alone.’ That’s what I did. Joe Torre, he would at all times try this to me. He would at all times give me grief.

Joe Torre pulls David Wells from a game against the Red Sox in 2003.
Joe Torre pulls David Wells from a recreation in opposition to the Red Sox in 2003.
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“I hated Torre. I really did.” 

In one explicit incident, Wells bought an genuine Babe Ruth hat and desired to put on the cap during a begin in opposition to the Cleveland Indians. After Wells donned the cap during the primary inning, Torre compelled him to take it off, reasoning that it didn’t comply with uniform requirements. Following the sport, Torre fined Wells for the incident. 

“He calls me in the office afterwards and he goes, ‘twenty-five hundred bucks,’ and I go, ‘That’s all?’ I’m like, ‘You’re shallow.’ Next day, I went and got a bunch of 1s, 5s and 10s and I threw it at him in the office. Money went flying. I was like, ‘Go buy some stuff for your car, a–hole.’ He never talked to me for the rest of the year.”

Joe Torre with the Yankees in the 1996 World Series.
Joe Torre with the Yankees within the 1996 World Series.
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Wells not solely clashed with Torre, however former Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner, as nicely. In one begin, Wells surrendered a house run after a fan reached over the wall and precluded Paul O’Neill from making an attempt to make the catch.

After the sport, Wells pleaded with Steinbrenner to lift the peak of the fences to stop additional interference. 

“So George goes, ‘You ain’t the pitcher I signed,’ ” Wells mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘Excuse me?’ He mentioned, ‘You ain’t the pitcher I signed.’ I mentioned, ‘Well, if you don’t like the way in which I pitch, why don’t you commerce me?’ He goes, ‘I tried to, nobody wants you.’

David Wells pitches for the Yankees in 1997.
David Wells pitches for the Yankees in 1997.
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“Well, that pissed me off. So I acquired in George’s face and I began calling him each identify within the e-book and he’s in my face as nicely and he goes, ‘I’m not afraid of you.’ And I mentioned, ‘I’ll inform you what previous man. I’m gonna go put some ice on and if I come again right here and also you’re nonetheless right here I’m gonna beat the s–t out of you. That’s the way it’s gonna be.’ And he goes, ‘I’m not afraid of you.’ I mentioned, ‘We’ll see.’

“… I came out there and there was George sitting there. He looked at me, and I started ripping off that eye, and his eyes got bigger than the moon. And he ran out of there. He tore off running, I chased him. ‘Go back up in your suite, goddamnit and watch the game.’ I was all over him.”

Wells mentioned that he and Steinbrenner shortly made amends the next day. 

“He gave me a big ‘ol hug and a kiss on the cheek and we were good ever since,” he mentioned.

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