New Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone won’t ever be capable of escape his 2003 ALCS house run in Recreation 7 off of Purple Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. Boone will at all times be synonymous with the house run, however he desires to do all he can to distance himself from the shot.
Why? As a result of many neglect that whereas Boone’s homer was iconic in Yankees’ lore, New York’s subsequent sequence in 2003 didn’t go so nicely.
“For a very long time, I type of tried to distance myself from it as a result of we misplaced the World Sequence,” Boone mentioned Wednesday at his introductory press convention at Yankee Stadium. “, as you meet athletes on a regular basis, a few of the issues that persist with you probably the most and keep in mind probably the most will not be getting it finished.”
Boone did say he hears distinctive tales on daily basis from followers about the place they had been when he hit the house run, and it at all times stuns him simply how far-reaching Yankees fandom is. He additionally mentioned the house run actually demonstrated to him the scope of the Yankees and Purple Sox rivalry.
However nonetheless, he’ll always remember the house run or what he needed to watch in Recreation 6 of the World Sequence.
“I am going to always remember the Marlins celebrating on the sector,” he mentioned. “That is one thing that is engrained in my head, and I believe one of many issues that motivates me now on this job is to go chase that final prize.”
Boone replaces Joe Girardi, who the Yankees fired after he led the group for 10 years.
He was amongst a number of candidates for the job. Former All-Star Carlos Beltran, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankees participant and present Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Mariners supervisor Eric Wedge and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward additionally interviewed for the job.
Boone, most just lately an MLB analyst at ESPN, performed 12 season within the majors, however solely a part of one season with the Yankees, that fateful 2003 season.