The New York Yankees will be without their skipper for a little while.
On Wednesday, the team shocked fans and announced that Aaron Boone would be undergoing a heart procedure to receive a pacemaker. Initially, the details were unclear, but Boone released a statement shortly after.
The 47-year-old has experienced heart issues in the past and needs to address another before the 2021 season.
The silver lining? He’s in good spirits and confident about the road ahead.
Absolutely shocking stuff if you were just sitting by the computer scrolling through Twitter. The Yankees’ manager, unbeknownst to a large majority of fans, underwent open-heart surgery back in 2009 and now needs to address some troubling symptoms he’s experienced over the last two months.
Unfortunately, those symptoms of lightheadedness, shortness of breath and low energy require the insertion of a pacemaker and he’s set to undergo surgery in a few hours in Tampa.
However, he’ll only miss “several days,” as he said in his statement, and will be able to resume his usual everyday activities not too long after the procedure.
Yankees fans know Boone to be an unbelievably selfless individual, and he made that even more clear in his statement, urging others dealing with heart issues (or any other health concerns, for that matter) to stay on top of their health because it’s “always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”
Boone, back in 2009 while playing with the Houston Astros, needed to take medical leave and undergo surgery to replace his bicuspid aortic valve. He had the procedure in March of that year and returned to the field in September.
General manager Brian Cashman is expected to speak on the matter later today.
For now, all we can do is send love, support and positive vibes to Boonie and his family. We’re wishing him the best.