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When I was 16 years old, my brother Frank said, 'You'd better become a catcher, because you're too big and fat to do anything else.' Well, I took his advice. It was a quick way to get to the big leagues, and I've never regretted it.


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My wife notices more than I do. She sees me and then, all of a sudden, after a couple of months, 'Oh...
JOE TORRE
It's really devastating; I don't know what other word to use,
JOE TORRE
There's a lot of jealousy out there. That's what goes with who you are, how much you make and all th...
JOE TORRE
Spring Training is a fun time for me.
JOE TORRE
To win the division, I was very proud of that, ... But on the other side of the coin, what enabled u...
JOE TORRE
Either you give me what I demand, or I'll take what you're offering!
JOE TORRE
Donnie said, 'When Jason hits one he usually hits two,' ... No sooner did he say it that he hit the ...
JOE TORRE
David missed his spot on a couple of occasions, ... and we were able to take advantage of them.
JOE TORRE
It was a classic. It was like a throwback to the old days. This was like a heavyweight battle that l...
JOE TORRE
Very similar stuff, ability to throw strikes and work quickly. Tewksbury was great. You trusted him....
JOE TORRE
That's the thing you dread most is the injury. It's sort of a helpless feeling.
JOE TORRE
He's a heck of an insurance policy.
JOE TORRE
You understand it's part of their makeup,
JOE TORRE
This game, above any other game, I don?t think he has to answer any more questions about handling th...
JOE TORRE
It was just weird,
JOE TORRE
When I was playing with the Cardinals, and Jerry Grote always had a way of aggravating people, so yo...
JOE TORRE
I know, I know. He's still enjoying what he's doing; that's the only thing I base it on. If I felt i...
JOE TORRE
I know in the heat of battle, it's hard not to get angry, especially in the 19th inning.
JOE TORRE
We've got to decide, how much replay do we want? Because if you start doing it from the first in...
JOE TORRE
I have a feeling I'm going to make all the phone calls. I'm not going to hesitate doing that, becaus...
JOE TORRE
We don't want to mess with Randy and Moose.
JOE TORRE
They were going to have to put a chalk outline on the wall because that was the last place he was se...
JOE TORRE
Because the job didn't get done tonight doesn't mean that it the situation presented itself [Thursda...
JOE TORRE
It's far from cut and dry, so that's why I didn't even want to deal with it. There's no rationale th...
JOE TORRE
I had to not only hear it, but hear the tone in which it was said, ... George and I have not spoken....
JOE TORRE
If it goes seven games, it's seven separate seasons. Each game lives on its own merit.
JOE TORRE
By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the cr...
JOE TORRE
He was satisfied with the way he felt. He misguided a couple of pitches, but aside from that, he got...
JOE TORRE
The heart is stubborn. It holds onto love despite what sense and emotion tells it. And it is often, ...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
I stare across the table at Jeremy, and wonder if I will make it through our first date without tryi...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
We're trying to walk for the people who can't walk.
TORRE MILLS
I'm done. I don't need anything more out of life. I have you, and that's enough.
ALESSANDRA TORRE
First it was come back, then it was go. We're just trying to do what they tell us and get a few thin...
KAREN TORRE
A gentleman holds my hand.
A man pulls my hair.
A soulmate will do both.
ALESSANDRA TORRE
(Regarding Marriage) Both people need to care deeply about the other person, to put the other’s ne...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
I hate society’s notion that there is something wrong with sex. Something wrong with a woman who l...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
When had I gotten so afraid of love and hope that I strangled it to death with my insecurity? Maybe ...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
Their incentives hurt us. They caught all of us — South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida — off-gu...
GREG TORRE
Star light. Star bright. First star I see tonight. I wish I may, wish I might. Not kill those whom m...
A.R. TORRE
But we're definitely seeing an increase in interest in what we have to offer.
GREG TORRE
They seemed to be asleep a lot on the baseline. I just concentrated on getting there.
TORRE JOHNSON
The true measure of a man is how he treats you when others are not looking.
ALESSANDRA TORRE
There is nothing like young love. It comes at a time before the heart knows to protect itself, when ...
ALESSANDRA TORRE
There are a few (film) festivals in Georgia. One of the biggest is in Atlanta. Savannah has a big on...
GREG TORRE
Competition for entertainment projects has become increasingly competitive and the state legislature...
GREG TORRE
Some percentage of the business will go back. But some percentage will be more cautious.
GREG TORRE
First it was come back, then it was go.
KAREN TORRE