Joe Torre and Don Mattingly Among Those To Honor ‘The Boss’ Tonight
Added by Gregg Snyder on September 20, 2010.
Joe Torre and Don Mattingly are returning to Yankee Stadium, for one night. The former manager and former player will be in attendance tonight when the Yankees take on the Rays. Their current team, the Los Angeles Dodgers have an off day which will allow the pair to take in the pregame ceremonies when the Yankees will unveil a memorial in Monument Park for George Steinbrenner.
Despite what many believe was a bitter seperation, the Yankees have always said Torre was welcome back in Yankee Stadium any time. When the organization decided on tonight’s ceremonies, they called to personally invite both Torre and Mattingly.
Both men will likely get a nice reception from the fans. Torre and Mattingly were both fan favorites during their time in New York. Mattingly who was passed over when the Yankees decided to give Joe Girardi the managers job, will be the Dodgers next manager starting next season. This past weekend, Torre announced he would be stepping down at the end of this season.
The Yankees will be honoring their late owner George Steinbrenner III will a memorial in Monument Park beyond the centerfield fence. Ceremonies will begin at 7pm this evening, before the Yankees and Rays take the field. YES Network will televise the ceremonies.
The monument will be the seventh receted in Monument Park but the first to be placed in the new Yankee Stadium. Steinbrenner’s wife, Joan, and their four children – Hal, Hank, Jennifer, and Jessica – will be in attendance as well.
Frank Sinatra Jr. will sign the national anthem before the game, with the colors being presented by the West Point Color Guard.
Haley Swindal, Steinbrenner’s granddaughter will sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
It will be a night to remember in the Bronx. One filled with emotion. The greatest owner in sports history will have a permanent place in his house, Yankee Stadium.