Eight months after Joe Torre accused David Wells of making his life "miserable'' in his book, "The Yankee Years,'' the former pitcher has neither forgotten nor forgiven the slight.

Take their first encounter since: It was three weeks ago, when Wells was in San Francisco for a Dodgers-Giants series and ran into Torre on the field the day before the game Wells analyzed for TBS.

"He comes up and says, 'Hey Boomer, you want to fight?' '' Wells said yesterday during a promotional visit to Manhattan.

"I'm like, 'Yeah, I want to fight.' He was joking around. But I said, 'I would love to.' I'd like to beat the -- out of that guy. But he made a joke about it and kind of lightened it up.''

The next day, Wells sat down with Torre for a standard pre-game meeting with the manager.

Wells said his producer, Glenn Diamond, urged him to "please, please, please, please, please, just be a gentleman.''

"So I was gentlemanly-like and did my job and made everybody happy,'' Wells said.

"On the other point, if I didn't have to, I probably would have aired his -- out. I just didn't get the fact that [the book said] Kevin Brown and I made his life miserable, but that I meant it.''

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Wells added Torre "was just lucky he had these teams he had to make him famous. He should be a Hall of Famer, as a player . . . But as a manager, you could have done it. Anybody at this table could have done what they did in the '90s. It just wasn't that hard.''

TBS is covering the NLCS, with Wells and fellow studio analysts on site starting with Game 3. So if the Dodgers advance, things could get interesting.

Wells said Torre has good qualities as a manager but added, "He just didn't like me. That's fine. You don't have to like me. But don't bury me.

"He had his little circle, like in 'Meet the Parents,' the 'Circle of Trust,' '' Wells said. "If you weren't in that, he could give a rat's -- about you.''