"There are things about Joe Torre, if I wanted to come out and say, would show how cold and calculated he really is . . . Joe Torre is for Joe Torre. ... The graveyard of Yankees coaches is loaded with bones of coaches Joe Torre did nothing about."
I'm not going to jump on Kay for saying that. Strong opinions are good fun! Even if they constitute a bit of hyperbole, comments like Kay's are the sorts that lead, eventually -- once less-impassioned analysts and historians investigate the basis for them -- to a more realistic and nuanced view of guys we are always too quick to deify. Torre probably has a lot of faults. Someday, when someone writes the definitive Derek Jeter biography or something, we'll learn about them, and we'll probably have things like Kay's swipe to thank for them because they'll get someone thinking about whether Joe really is just for Joe.
Now, why Kay never felt it necessary to say such a thing until Torre was already out the door is another matter, but media criticism isn't my strongest suit, so I'll leave that to someone else.