Joe Torre said that he heard the news a little after midnight on Thursday morning, just hours after the Dodgers had broken the major-league record with their 13th straight home victory to open the season.
Owner Frank McCourt delivered the news.
“It was after midnight last night. I got a call from Frank McCourt that explained what went on, what’s happening and what’s going to happen.”
Asked about his initial reaction, Torre said:
“Disappointment. After the elation of winning another ballgame and then to have somebody punch a hole in the balloon, it’s very disappointing.”
He did not however, say he felt betrayed by Ramirez.
“Betrayed is a strong word to me. To me betrayed is something I don’t think you can ever forgive. As I said, I’m certainly not proud of everything that’s gone on in my life, and if it wasn’t for people who welcomed me back, I’m not sure how you make it back.
“Betrayed is a little strong for me, disappointed and sadness is more of where I go to emotionally.”