NEW YORK -- The Hackensack (N.J.) Record scored a coup today, getting George Steinbrenner on the phone late Saturday night. And The Boss confirmed to the paper what everyone here surmises as the hours dwindle before Game Three of the division series -- Joe Torre's job rests on the Yankees somehow overcoming the 2-0 deficit they face in this series against the Indians.
"His job is on the line," Steinbrenner said of Torre, who is an incredible 3-12 in his last 15 postseason games starting with the '04 collapse against Boston. "I think we're paying him a lot of money. He's the highest-paid manager in baseball [$7 million per season] so I don't think we'd take him back if we don't win this series."
Should be interesting to hear Torre's reaction during his pregame interview session, which begins at 4:30. You can read the entire interview with Steinbrenner here.
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