Coach Wooden and Joe Torre tie them together:
At a time like this, Joe Torre might benefit from some advice from John Wooden.
It's not about the wins and losses.
Of course, in professional sports it's always about the wins and losses, and Torre's Dodgers are on the brink of elimination, down 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series.
But in Wooden's world, men are judged on character, not World Series rings. At a time like this, it's nice to be reminded.
"He's so simple to talk to," Torre said of Wooden, his good friend. "To me, what I always try to do is make sense of things. And John, he's so fair in his approach to things. He's more concerned about the quality of the person than he is about the quality of the ability. I agree with that so much. So many times now, we sort of glamorize someone in spite of how they behave because they're talented. John is more into the person that has to live a life."
Wooden and Torre forged a lasting friendship when Torre was a television broadcaster with the Angels from 1985-90.
Wooden is an avid baseball fan and used to attend many Angels games. He'd sit in the owner's box of Gene Autry and later Arte Moreno.
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Hope the Blue crew pull it out tonight.