Joe Torre is a class act, and the Yankees are going to miss him.

After the Red Sox shocked the Yankees by rallying from a 3-0 series deficit to snare the 2004 A.L.C.S., Torre called Wakefield in Boston’s clubhouse. Since Wakefield had given up Aaron Boone’s game-winning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 A.L.C.S., Torre wanted Wakefield to know he was happy for him. Wakefield said Torre’s call was classy.

“I have so much respect for him as a manager that I hoped to be able to play for him at some point in my career,” Wakefield said. “I’ve talked to guys who have played for him, guys like Johnny Damon. They say he’s the best.”

From today’s New York Times. Nice to see the Yankee’s front office can be as clueless as Boston’s.