Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez had an amusing exchange with the Dodgers manager about Vladimir Shpunt, the Russian healer who may have been paid six figures by Frank and Jamie McCourt to beam good vibes toward Dodger Stadium from his TV room in suburban Boston. Torre said he hadn't heard of Shpunt until Bill Shaikin's story in the Times last week, and didn't read the story so he wouldn't have to answer questions.
Asked whether he felt the division title won by the Dodgers in 2008 was in any way tainted because of help they received from Shpunt, Torre replied, "I'm not going there."
A member of the 14-person committee that reviews on-field issues, Torre would not say whether the use of sorcery was raised during the group's conference call last week.
"I'm not allowed to divulge what goes on in our conference calls, but thanks for asking," he said.
Does Torre consider the use of long-distance energy transfers cheating?
"Don't bother me," he said. "Please don't bother me."
Hernandez had one last question for the manager: did he ever feel V energy himself? "Get out of here," Torre responded.
Sunday recap: Torre sat Matt Kemp for Sunday's game and the Dodgers were swept by the Angels. LAT
Earlier: The McCourts also added a team phrenologist since "everyone who works for us should have their heads examined." Ba-da-bump.