Remember the prolonged streak of absolute nonsense in 2020 when Voit was the only member of the team — not Aaron Judge, not Aaron Boone, and certainly not the front office — who was willing to sit in front of a camera and proclaim that the Yankees, as presently constructed, sucked?
This year, a 5-7 start against a bevy of rivals (plus the Baltimore Orioles) has fired fans into a fervor. We were promised offense, and we don’t have it. We were sold on a defective pitching staff. We almost had an actual conversation about whether or not to trade Mike Tauchman to keep Jay Bruce!
And following a walkoff loss to Bo Bichette and the Blue Jays on Wednesday, all Boone had for us was…the emptiest of platitudes.
We get it. This team is supposed to manage itself.
Clearly, though, it isn’t, which is why we expect slightly more out of the manager with a sky-high ground ball rate, declining hard hit percentages, and very few solutions. Instead, we got…this.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s quotes are losing their luster.
Collect your thoughts on the off day Thursday, sir, see where that takes you.
When the team is winning consistently with an occasional lapse mixed in, you can live with a hollow assessment after a loss. But when everything is off the rails and the consensus AL East (and American League) favorites have posted a grand total of…1.5 impressive games out of 12? You should probably focus a bit more and prepare to take your players to task.
“We gotta play better, obviously,” doesn’t seem to be doing the trick.
Now, it’s not Boone’s fault the team is saddled with Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon in the rotation instead of a pair of surer things; it’s Eric Cressey and Gerrit Cole’s fault.
But he’s the public face of the team. And his work after Wednesday’s loss actually made Tuesday’s attempt sound like Shakespeare.
Hear that, folks? Hitting is hard! You try hitting! See? Hard!
There, that did it.
For the organization’s sanity, they’d better hope a few components of their money-saving master plan come together soon. If not, there might be more sweeping changes than we’d prepared for…or more of the same stagnation.
Roster-building is hard.