On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees retired Joe Torre’s No. 6 in a pregame ceremony at Yankees Stadium.
Joe Torre was the manager of the Yankees from 1996 to 2007. Torre lead the Yankees to four World Series championships, won two Manager of the year awards, and became a fan favorite up till leaving the club in 2007.
During the ceremony, Joe Torre not only thanked the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner but as well made mentioned to his Hall of Fame speech. Torre made headlines in March, when he only mentioned Steinbrenner once during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Cooperstown. During Torre’s speech on Saturday, he went on to prize his players.
“”I just want to say, in closing, it is a short distance from the old stadium to here but it is a long, long way from the field to Monument Park. However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players.”
With the retirement of Joe Torre’s number and the fourth coming of Derek Jeter’s number, the Yankees will have no available single digit numbers in the future.