And so it begins. Aaron Boone was rolled out as new Yankee manager on Wednesday. Boone landed the job having never managed or coached a team before and said: “It feels like the chance of a lifetime for me.” You not kidding.
You have to think that Yankees GM Cashman saw in Boone what George Steinbrenner saw in him when the then owner hired him in 1998. It’s a serious commitment by the club as they have signed a three-year deal with former player which keeps him at the club till 2020 with an option for another year.
On getting the job Boone said: “Words cannot express how humbled I am to wear the pinstripes again as the manager of the Yankees,” adding: “I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman for entrusting me with this tremendous honor and responsibility. I believe we are entering into a special time in New York Yankees history, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to work — and that work starts now.”
Boone inherits a team that was within a game of playing in the World Series and has some of the brightest young talent in the league that includes Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez.
Boone said of the team: “I’m really comfortable that me and my staff will help them take the next step,” and got into a little more detail about why he was hired: “The most important part of my job is my relationship with the players,” Boone said. “Big leagues players are good at finding out who’s for real or not.”
New York press and fans can be on your back in a heartbeat and when asked if he could handle that Boone answered honestly: “I haven’t been there yet.”
The Yankees and Boone kickoff the 2018 season with a game again Tampa on June 22nd.