Uncle Joe Is Still Missed in New York

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJune 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees greets manager Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers before their game on June 25, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It was a bitter-sweet sight.

Last weekend was the first series that the Yankees faced former manager Joe Torre, after a bitter breakup in 2007.

Before the game, Torre and the players he coached in New York embraced.

It was like watching a former couple seeing each other again after breaking up for mutual reasons.

It feels like far more than three years since Torre switched coasts.

The image of him in a Dodger uniform is still so disheartening, and I know why.

I, as a Yankee fan, feel guilty for the way he was treated at the end of his tenure.

Torre saw the revival of this historic franchise and lead the Yankees to four championships.

Steinbrenner and company did not welcome him back with open arms, so he left.

Now, as I look in the opposing dugout and see his same, calm demeanor, it just reminds me of the greatness he helped bring back to New York. 

There's also a tinge of jealousy for the team that has the honor of having such a classy manager.

So, here's to you Joe.  You're still missed.