|Don Mattingly returns to Yankee Stadium this week. (AP photo)|
Yankees finally made the correct and long-awaited decision to get rid of manager Joe Torre. Falling more in love with becoming a celebrity rather than developing a baseball team, Torre had to go and the Yankees desperately needed a new direction.
The Yankees hierarchy, led by Hank Steinbrenner, who had taken over the lead role from his father George, and general manager Brian Cashman, opened the job to three candidates. There was former Marlins manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and the odds-on-favorite, former Yankees great Don Mattingly.
Mattingly was the fan's choice to be the next manager. It wasn't even close. True Yankees fans not only wanted Mattingly to be the team's manager, but couldn't imagine it not happening. There was no way the Yankees could screw this up. Of course, the Yankees went ahead and screwed it up anyway.