Everyone knows the baseball saying, “legends are born in October”. 2003 ALCS Game 7. Bottom of the 11th. Tie game in the biggest rivalry in all of sports, and the winner moves onto the World Series. Tim Wakefield takes the mound for the Red Sox, and on the first pitch, of course a knuckleball, the most unlikely person makes history.
“AND BOONE HITS IT TO DEEP LEFT. THAT MIGHT SEND THE YANKEES TO THE WORLD SERIES. BOONE THE HERO IN GAME 7.” Uproar from the crowd. People in Manhattan could probably have heard the screams of enjoyment. A new Yankee legend was born.
At the time it happened, I was only 6. 14 years later at the age of 20, it still gives me chills every time I watch it.
Aaron Boone has already put the Yankees in one World Series, now the Yankees hope he leads them to the next one.
Around 7 PM on December 1st, reports started coming out about the Yankees narrowing down their search. First it was told that Beltran wouldn’t be hired, then Meulens, then we were told A-Rod was never even in the running. Story broke around 11 PM on December 1st that the New York Yankees will be hiring Aaron Boone as the 35th manager in New York Yankees history.
This came as a shock to everyone, as the Yankees just fired arguably the second best manager in baseball, who’s 910 wins during his tenure was the second most in baseball, for someone who has no coaching experience. Cashman said he felt that it was time for a fresh voice in the clubhouse and he wanted someone who looked more at analytics and performance science, and Cashman felt that Boone was the best candidate for these requirements after the long interview process.
Boone is stepping into a very tough situation. His first coaching experience is coming as a manager for one of the most coveted positions in the sport, in front of a fanbase who just got its first real taste of a playoff race for the first time since 2012, and has the expectations of taking a step forward as a franchise by making it to the World Series.
Along with this, out of the 30 MLB rosters the Yankees rank 21st in average age on the roster, with an average age of 27 according to ESPN. This is only going to lower in 2018, once guys like Gleyber Torres and Chance Adams replace guys like Matt Holliday and CC Sabathia on the roster. Baseball has been in a youth movement for a while now, and 2017 only amplified it with the rise of guys like Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger and Andrew Benintendi. This could be a problem with an inexperienced manager.
Managing a young roster is a challenge for any manager, as you have to help them get adjusted to life in the majors and help them work through struggles. While this might be easier than managing a veteran roster’s egos, this is still not an easy task. The Yankees biggest contributors were young players (Judge, Severino, Sanchez, etc) and the coaching staff needs to make sure they continue to develop, and hiring an inexperienced manager makes all fans nervous about these players development.
Firing a manager like Girardi for one like Boone is confusing, weird, nerving, frustrating, and a ton more adjectives. I have faith in the reigning BA Executive of the Year, as all Yankee fans should. There’s a reason he chose Boone over one of the other candidates, and i’m excited to see what he can do. He’s been an analyst for years and he knows what he’s talking about, so let’s see if that translates well to the dugout.
The other question i’ve been wondering: how many times will YES Network show Boone’s home run this season? I’m gonna set the O/U at 49.5 times.