Following the 2001 World Series disaster, pressure was at an all-time high in the Bronx. That pressure was coming from George Steinbrenner and it trickled down to Joe Torre and how he used his bullpen in order to get the ball to Mariano Rivera. The Yankees won 103 games in 2002, but Torre constantly going to his right-handed and left-handed setup men for 79 and 78 appearances respectively eventually took a toll on the Yankees’ bullpen.
Former Yankees reliever Steve Karsay joined me to talk about setting up for Mariano Rivera, what happened in the 2002 ALDS against the Angels, what it’s like to visit Dr. James Andrews and have surgery, being part of Joe Torre’s overused bullpen, what to look for from relievers in spring training, the idea of set bullpen roles and being the only person to play under Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox.
Also, Keefe To The City has partnered with The Allie Way Sports Bar on East 70th Street between 1st and York in the Upper East Side for Yankees Sunday Funday Viewing Parties this season. The first one is Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. when the Yankees head to Tampa to face the Rays. Come to The Allie Way for the game and enjoy drink specials, including $30 (cash) open bar for the entire game!