April 12, 2021

Yankees family fondly remembers Bob Watson: ‘Gentle giant’ (New York Post)

Bob Watson and Joe Torre were teammates on the 1973 NL All-Star team and Watson played for Torre for three years in Atlanta.

But it was in The Bronx where the two made history, with Watson as the general manager when Torre and the Yankees won the World Series in 1996.

“All of a sudden we come together again with the Yankees and I am assuming he had to sign off on hiring me [as manager] and it was very comfortable,” Torre said Friday of Watson, who died Thursday at 74.

“Of course, after two years, he had enough,’’ Torre said, referring to Watson’s resignation prior to the 1998 season. “But the one thing I was grateful for was we shared the World Series in ’96.’’

Torre last saw Watson in March when the Astros dedicated a building in his name at their Astros Youth Academy.

He credited Watson for helping him get the job after Torre talked to the Yankees about the GM job that went to Watson.

Bob Watson and Joe Torre in 1997
Bob Watson and Joe Torre in 1997N.Y. Post: Nury Hernandez

“We worked well with each other,’’ Torre said. “It was a very comfortable marriage, that is for sure.’’

Watson spent the majority of his 19-year playing career with the Astros and was with the…

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