The Peter Principles (Ch. 11) – Letting The Moose Loose in pinstripes

August 11, 2017 | Nestor Aparicio

generously. We pay what is generous and proper. I think $72 million to Mussina is plenty of money to Mussina.”

Angelos was brazen in regard to his feelings toward the media and the fans.

“We know [the media’s] intentions are good, but we can’t let you substitute your judgment for ours,” said Angelos. “We don’t think you know it all. We think there are times when you’re wrong just like we know there are times when we’re wrong.

“I tell you what: You can trust in our judgment. It’s pretty good. We’ve gotten this far. We’re going to go even further. Just be a little patient, I think you’ll be delighted with the results.”

On October 26, 2000, the New York Yankees won the World Series – again.

It was their fourth title in five years. George Steinbrenner continued his mastery of the mind games – and the field games – with Peter G. Angelos. He was also making a lot more money owning a Major League Baseball team, which really ate at Angelos.

On October 27, Mussina filed for free agency.

On October 28, the phone rang in the kitchen of Mussina’s house in Montoursville. When Mussina’s wife Jana answered the phone during dinner, she told Mike it was Joe Torre.

Mussina, in a word, was stunned.

Just 48 hours removed from winning a World Series, a very convivial Torre told Mussina that he wouldn’t have to live in Manhattan, that few of the Yankees players ever went into the big city because they lived in New Jersey or on the New York state side away from the bright lights and sprawl of the tall buildings of Gotham. Mussina, who as an All Star had shared a locker room with Torre at the Midsummer Classic, listened and was truly flattered that the Yankees manager thought enough to call him and simply add a human touch. Moose was a small town guy, a no-nonsense guy who appreciated this level of respect and civility.

Torre invited Mussina to reach to any of the Yankees players for more information. It was a soft sell, really, just a 10-minute phone call. Torre simply wanted Mussina to know that he would love to have a happy version of the Stanford grad in The Bronx.

Much like what they were doing on the field, the Yankees were willing to do what the Orioles organization never did. They cared. The manager cared. The Yankees wanted Mike Mussina. The Orioles owner was on the radio dogging his contributions and holding the line on money amidst a sea