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Dodgers' Web musings: A New York state of mind

June 25, 2010 |  6:10 pm
The media capital of the entire universe has descended upon Los Angeles to chronicle Joe Torre managing against his former team, the New York Yankees.

Mostly it’s been happy-reunion time. More warm and fuzzy than you might expect from those hard-hitting New York journalists.

But then Torre has that affect on people, being genuine and honest. And there is that little matter of four World Series titles in five years.

Here’s a sampling of how the New York-area media previewed this weekend’s three-game, Dodgers-Yankees series:

--  The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro says Torre’s unpleasant departure should not stand in the way of the memory of all he accomplished for the Yankees.

--  The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner profiles Vin Scully, who was born in the Bronx, and how he initially became a Giants fan.

-- The New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand writes about the awkwardness Torre anticipates in pulling against several players he helped shape.

--  The New Jersey Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig writes about the father-like relationship Torre developed with the Yankees’ core four: Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

-- The New Jersey Record’s Bob Klapisch writers that the "civil war’’ between Torre and Yankees management needs to be ended. 

--’s Buster Olney (requires insider status) calls the reunion bittersweet, and blames part of the problem on Torre’s book, "The Yankee Years." 

--’s Cliff Corcoran chronicles his list of Torre’s  10 signature moments with the Yankees.

--’s Tony Jackson has a great piece on Fernando Valenzuela’s memorable Game 3 victory against the Yankees in the 1981 World Series.

-- Steve Dilbeck