There’s that section of People, US — or whatever pop-culture gossip magazine the wife leaves hanging around from time to time — that presents photographs of celebrities caught doing mundane chores such as picking up groceries, scooping up their dog’s movements on the sidewalk, or arguing a speeding ticket with a look of “Don’t you know who I am?” with a flash of bling in the LA sunlight.
“Celebrities — They’re just like us!”
We can only assume how this little pronouncement fully completes the lives of thousands. “You mean Jada Pinkett Smith drinks coffee too? No depression for me today!”
Still, it is somewhat comforting when a particular view you’ve held over time seems justified, seeing how somebody close to the situation really doesn’t differ all that much in his or her own perspective. After all, ask Joe Torre how he feels, and you’ll discover, “He thinks just like you!”
Torre’s new book, “The Yankees Years,” co-written with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, made ripples in the New York headlines yesterday, when The New York Post and Newsday revealed some enlightening comments allegedly made by the former Yankees skipper when it came to Alex Rodriguez and owner George Steinbrenner:
Torre gets most personal in his attacks against Alex Rodriguez, who he says was called “A-Fraud” by his teammates after he developed a “Single White Female”-like obsession with team captain Derek Jeter and asked for a personal clubhouse assistant to run errands for him.
Hey . . . that’s . . . that’s what everybody thinks.
To be fair, Verducci has attempted to put out the flames, somewhat, with a Q&A on CNNSI.com, where he argues that this is a third-person narrative, and that the reader must take Torre’s comments “in context.” If the man were merely about selling the book, he’d be plenty happy with the tabloid-y leaks that went on yesterday. Go figure, he’s concerned about the way it’s portrayed in its marketing, which means there’s actually, you know, substance to the product.
In the Q&A, the author said: “It’s not a tell-all book — it’s a very insightful book into baseball. It’s a much larger book about the Yankees, not only how the game changed around them, but the growth of information analysis, revenue sharing, growth of intellect in front-offices, changes in Red Sox ownership, the Steroid Era, etc.”
Actually, that sounds compelling. A lot more compelling than more A-Rod bashing, which, at this point, is like turning on the TV to catch some Food Network competition. Omnipresent, and not really worth $24.95. (Which reminds me, Comcast, we need to talk. Again.)
And we’re capitalizing “Steroid Era” these days? Can we get a ruling on this?