As I Yankees fan, I feel obliged to comment on these two way overplayed topics:
1. A-Fraud has slipped into the O.J. sphere-psychotic athlete who is tremendous on the field, but a complete louse off of it. If you get a chance, and last I saw it was available on ESPN.com, watch A-Rod's interview with Peter Gammons. It was fascinating. He really came across as having some serious psychological issues. Of course, there were the wildly exaggerated accusations he apparently threw at the writer of the story - including stalking. Also, his PR people, clearly gave him an agenda, which he bungled. He was obviously told to admit he fucked up, which he did, but then he kept qualifying it. It reminded me of the Happy Days episode, in which the Fonz couldn't utter the word "sorry." He kept stuttering on the "soorrr...." A-Rod transparently declared that he expected to be treated like Andy Pettite while acting more like Barry Bonds..
2. Torre is a baseball manager - not a Nobel Laureate. That's about all I have to say about that. People criticizing him set their expectations way too high...