“I said to him on the mound: ‘You’re a hero — even though you were just trying to do your job, you really made a difference in a lot of people’s lives,’” Torre said. “He just looks you right in the eye. I’m not sure everything has sunk in with any of these people, to be honest. It happened so quickly and it’s such an emotional ride, and it came so close to being a horrific tragedy if not for those police officers.”
Torre managed the Yankees in the 2001 World Series, when President George W. Bush stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium, held his thumb in the air and delivered a strike with his first pitch just seven weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. Baseball can help heal, said Torre, who decided Wednesday night to come down for the game.
“Once baseball started, it seemed to bring everybody together again,” he said, referring to 2001. “It didn’t matter which side you were on. There were no sides. Everybody sort of joined arm in arm and knew we had to band together to really stay strong.”