As most of you already know, I co-host a 100% commercial-free, no one makes a dime from it, Sports Talk radio show on Long Island. Last night, Joel Sherman from the New York Post
was our guest. He has a brand new book out called Birth of a Dynasty
, all about the 1996 Yankees.
He spoke with us for 62(!) commercial-free minutes and the interview (but for 2-3 questions at the very end) is all Yankees talk.
Here is the link:
Here is what was discussed (in chronological order):
--A discussion of how everything was aligned right that year
--The deals that were never made
--George Steinbrenner & his GM’s
--Joe Torre’s “Calm Bombs”
--Joel’s use of what was going on in the real world at the time, as sort of a touchstone
--“The Shadow Cabinet”
--Clyde King’s early thoughts on Derek Jeter
--Mariano for Felix Fermin?!?!
--The 1992 Draft and how the Yanks got Jeter
--Derek Jeter’s 1st Minor League season
--Funny story about Bernie & Juan Gonzalez
--Bernie becoming a switch hitter
--Jeter and Bernie in Brian Butterfield’s Boot Camp
--“National League style”
--Strawberry and Fielder being added to “Bronx Bombers”
--The Braves looking like the Team of the Decade until that point
--Joe Torre’s history
--Brian Cashman’s role back then
--Smoltz & Glavine commenting on Leyritz’s homer off Wohlers
--The Orioles & Davey Johnson
--Frank Torre on Joe Torre
--Mel Hall being mean to a young Bernie Williams
--Is the Dynasty over?
--The Steroid Era
--Dwight Gooden today
--Tradewinds & the Farm System
--Mets & El Duque
--Can the Yanks still win it all this year?
--Will Andy Pettitte’s best friend be a Yankee this year?
--Will a member of the Dynasty manage the team someday?
--What is David Cone doing today?
As always, thanks and I hope you enjoy. And, please tell a Yankees fan friend, as well.