At last, we’re finally putting our completely overexposed “People of the Year” package to bed. In the clip, we count down the final five people on our list, and Stacy-Ann Gooden makes her pitch for Mary J. Blige (raised in Yonkers, first discovered doing karaoke at the White Plains Galleria).
While she didn’t make the cut for 2007, she’s already a strong 2008 candidate. In fact, aside from Nyack rapper Lucky Me, she’s the only other hip-hop star on our radar screen thus far.
After the Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs, new top dogs Hank and Hal Steinbrenner (sons of George) made the decision to offer Torre an Ã¢â‚¬Å“incentive-based salary packageÃ¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬â€more wins, more bonuses. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a nice way of putting it. A 33 percent pay cut is another. Sure, Torre would have still been making a base of $2.5 mil, but as Journal News beat reporter (and author of the wildly popular LoHud Yankees Blog) Pete Abraham pointed out, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the culture of the clubhouse, having a manager on a one-year contract who just took a cut would be emasculating.Ã¢â‚¬? In a press conference at the Hilton Rye Town, near his home in Harrison, Torre put it more bluntly: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I took [it] as an insult.Ã¢â‚¬? And soÃ¢â‚¬â€after 12 seasons, 1,173 wins, and four World Series championshipsÃ¢â‚¬â€Torre bolted.
Prediction for 2008: At press time, he had just agreed to manage the Dodgers. Say it ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so, Joe! We hope heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll reconsider. After the Mets spectacular end-of-season collapse, we wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind seeing him take over Willie RandolfÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job. What better way for us New Yorkers to keep the best mind in baseball all to ourselves?
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? InTown Westchester, December 2007
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It appears Joe Torre will be keeping his house in Harrison despite his new job managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As the former Yankee manager headed to his annual fundraiser for his Safe At Home Foundation on Nov. 9, Torre told Journal News blogging titan Peter Abraham he would be keeping his Westchester home:
I don’t think we’re going to look to sell the house. We like it here; we’ve found a home. We always talk about having a place to come back to.
Via e-mail, Abraham told me today he did not know if Torre planned on keeping his other residence in Mahopac.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Since that was his weekend house and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be spending most of his weekends in Los Angeles, I would guess that will be for sale eventually,Ã¢â‚¬? Abraham said.
Guess what athletic Lower Hudson Valley celebrity showed up at TorreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fundraiser to play Ã¢â‚¬Å“Glory DaysÃ¢â‚¬? on guitar with Bruce Springsteen? Find out after the break.
This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?
A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco
The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
As weird as it is that Joe Torre is now the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I have to wonder if the Harrison and Mahopac resident will sell those houses to buy another in California.
I know nothing either way, but if he sells both places, I bet A-Rod buys them, immediately puts them back on the market and asks for $350 million.
(Associated Press file photo by Frank Franklin II)
It’s no secret that the Greatest Sports Franchise in the History of Everything has been struggling this year, and there were fleeting moments these last two months when I wouldn’t have objected to the New York Yankees firing manager Joe Torre.
But the truth is this: The Harrison and Mahopac resident has done enough in his managerial career with the Yankees to earn the benefit of the doubt, and despite some terrible play the first two months of the season, the team is starting to show some of the swagger and poise that helped the Yanks claim four titles in five years to close the 20th century.
In addition to documenting Torre’s 2,000th managerial win, Journal News reporter Peter Abraham cites a particularly impressive statistic in his unstoppable Yankees blog on LoHud.com.
Watch out, Red Sox fans. Yes, the standings show that the Yanks are tied for third, 10.5 games behind the “Sawx.” But with Joe at the helm, this season is a long way from being over.
(Associated Press file photo by Frank Franklin II)
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true. The Republican presidential frontrunner is a fan of the globe-trottingÃ¢â‚¬â€decidedly liberalÃ¢â‚¬â€columnist for the Times (who makes his home in Scarsdale). According to the Village VoiceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new media columnist, Keach Hagey (great name!!!), Giuliani told a room full of supporters at the Sheraton New York ballroom last week that KristofÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s writing about the situation in Darfur should be essential reading for the American president.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“[HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s] not exactly a commentator that I agree with all the time, or I imagine agrees with me,Ã¢â‚¬? Giuliani said, according to Hagey. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But he wrote a column the other day . . . that displays something that we all have to embrace.” The column called on the President to head up an international summit on the crisis in Darfur.
Apparently Kristof was just as shocked as everyone else to hear of GiulianiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s praise, Hagey reports.
She even poses the question: Could Kristof be a White House adviser in a hypothetical Giuliani White House? LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not get ahead of ourselves. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re already trying to wrap our heads around the ring of Vice President Joe Torre.
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Take a curtain call, Bernie!
While outfielder/classical guitarist Bernie Williams and the New York Yankees this weekend continued mulling the possibility of reuniting in 2007, The Journal News’ Len Maniace reported about the Armonk resident’s five years of volunteer contributions to Hillside Food Outreach.
The charity operates out of a White Plains warehouse and delivers food to needy families and individuals throughout Westchester County. In the Dec. 17 article, Williams discusses a memorable early morning food delivery:
<blockquote><div>The woman got very excited and woke everyone in the house and the kids got excited. It was like a little party. It was funny to see, but I could see how we were able to bring a smile to their faces, in spite of their harsh situation.
Bernie Baseball also helps with Hillside’s fundraising efforts, whose annual marquis event has attracted fellow Yankees, including manager Joe Torre, who resides in both Harrison and Mahopac, and relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who lives in Purchase and owns a New Rochelle steak house.
In honor of Bernie’s generosity, Suburbarazzi adds his name to our poll for best bald look. Piermont resident William Hurt, in dead last place, is about to have another reason to be Hurt.