New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is, without a doubt, a nice guy. That much has been evident in his daily interactions with the press, his mannerisms in the dugout, and relationships with his players.
But many would argue that’s one of his fatal flaws. Boone might be too nice and not harsh enough, which may have fostered a culture of complacency devoid of accountability, discipline and consequences. For a prestigious organization, it’s simply unacceptable, and one can only hope the front office has realized that in 2021 — his fourth year at the helm.
Fans were never crazy about Boone’s choice of words, but it’s really boiled over in 2021, as it has coincided with a season-long underachieving performance that may or may not lead to an AL Wild Card berth … when this team was the favorite to win the AL heading into the year.
Yankees fans are always fed up, whether the team wins 103 games or they’re scratching and clawing for a chance to play a one-game playoff on the road.
But unless the Bombers go on a World Series run should they sneak into the postseason, you’d have to imagine Boone is gone. His deflated quotes will be, too.
And here are four that likely sealed his fate in New York should the ball not bounce their way in the final week.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s comments may have cost him his job.
4. “I never felt like the fight wasn’t there.”
Last weekend, the Yankees lost a series they really needed to win against the Cleveland Indians. They were outscored 22-4 in the two straight losses on Saturday and Sunday. Save for a few collective innings, the games were never close.
The body language, energy, effort … all non-existent. Yet, Boone somehow saw “fight” from his side.
"“I know the guys are locked in,” Boone said after Sunday’s 11-1 loss. “I know they’re preparing. I know how bad they want it. sometimes that can get in your way a little bit…as far as where they are and what their mindset is, and as far as the energy, when you’re getting your teeth kicked in again, I never felt like the fight wasn’t there. The compete is there. we just gotta get the production now.”"
Yup, whenever you record 16 hits, four walks and four runs with four errors over 18 innings, that certainly epitomizes resilience.