How Joe Torre promised George Steinbrenner the 1996 World Series

Four world championships, six pennants, 12 postseason appearances. With a résumé like that, what would Joe Torre pick out as his favorite season as New York Yankees’ skipper? His first, in 1996.

Torre talked about his first of four championship seasons at a Town Hall hosted by SiriusXM’s Mad Dogs Sports Radio‘s Chris Russo. Torre revealed how he predicted the outcome of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves to a panicked George Steinbrenner following the Yankees’ Game 1 loss.

“‘George, we’re a little flat,’ I said. ‘And Maddux is pitching tonight. You know, we may get beat,'” Torre said. “I said ‘But we’ll go to Atlanta, we’ll win three there, and I’ll come back and win it for you on Saturday night,’ and I walked out of the office. That’s exactly what happened.”

Torre also talked about the significance of pitching David Cone in Game 3.

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