10/10/08 10:55 PM ET
Torre can relate to Manuel's emotions
Personal tragedy took toll on Dodgers manager in 1996
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Opposing manager Joe Torre understands the dilemma. Torre's brother Frank, a former Major Leaguer, is able to attend this series thanks to a heart transplant he underwent between Games 5 and 6 of the 1996 World Series, which his brother's Yankees won over the Braves.
"You could tell he's a baseball man," Joe Torre said at the time. "He did it on an off-day."
Torre managed those games and Manuel decided to manage the Phillies in Friday's Game 2 against the Dodgers. He has not decided whether he'll manage Game 3 in Los Angeles on Sunday.
In 1996, Torre's brother Rocco, died of a heart attack in July and brother Frank was hospitalized for 11 weeks waiting for a donor heart. He remembers what it was like balancing his personal and professional lives.
"It's a heavy heart," said Torre, who spoke with Manuel at the batting cage during batting practice. "The fact that knowing that my -- I lost my one brother but my other brother was in the hospital. Part of the therapy for him was listening to us. And I know Charlie was telling me how he talked to his mom and has been talking to her obviously on a regular basis. And her concern for him was only to go out there and win ballgames.
"[Baseball], again, sometimes gives you a place to hide where you're so busy that it's going to be a lot easier, it was a lot easier probably during the game than it is now when he goes home."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.