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Source: By Batting A-Rod 8th, Torre Wrote Him Off

Jan 27, 2009 9:43 AM EST

As controversy continues in New York regarding the pending release of former Yankee manager Joe Torre's book, Alex Rodriguez revealed that he didn't feel like he had a relationship with Torre.

"He doesn't feel like he had any real relationship with (Torre)," a friend of the third baseman said.

A-Rod also told people that nothing Torre could say would be more hurtful than when he batted him eighth in the lineup in Game 4 of the 2006 playoff series with the Tigers.

"Alex was really hurt by that," one friend said Monday. "He believed that Torre did that to embarrass him, and he knew then what Torre thought of him.

"So anything that comes out now wouldn't compare to that. He's just surprised that Torre would talk about these kinds of things because he always told the players the clubhouse and the bond with teammates was sacred, and not to be broken this way."

Via New York Daily News