On Winning and Winning Again

Joe Torre, manager of the defending champion New York Yankees, has had to overcome bad teams, impossible owners and, earlier this year, a life-threatening illness to stay atop the baseball heap. Last week he had to deal with TIME's JOEL STEIN before taking on the Atlanta Braves:

Q: After cancer, you said games wouldn't seem so important. Has that been true?

A: I thought it was. But when you get in these games, you find there's a time or two you'd be willing to sell your soul for a victory. When it first got diagnosed, baseball was the furthest thing...

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