Torre, who attended the ceremony with his brother, Frank, and a long list of local and national dignitaries including Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, had nothing but positive things to say about Selig and the ceremony honoring the man who he first met during his playing days with the Milwaukee Braves.
"I was very touched by the whole thing because I've known Bud so long, since like '56," Torre said. "He sold me my first car."
When Torre broke into the big leagues with Milwaukee in 1960, Selig was working with his father for a car leasing business at the time. But Selig's true passion was baseball, and he was the team's largest public stockholder before the Braves left Milwaukee in 1965.
While they shared their time in Milwaukee, Torre and Selig formed a lasting friendship.
"I've known Bud for a long time and the one thing that's been consistent with him, whether you agree with him or don't agree with him, he's never lost his excitement for the game and his passion to do the right thing," Torre said.
"It's tough to not get emotional when you see how long he's been doing this, and they wouldn't have anything like this unless it was for him, because this ballclub left in '65 and it looked very bleak for this city."