Angry Aaron Boone. We love the guy. New York Yankees fans feed off the man’s energy when he’s operating at this level. Unfortunately, before last season, he underwent heart surgery, which undoubtedly affected his ability to blow gaskets more frequently.
So far in 2022, he’s been letting loose, with a number of highlights already on his ledger. On Tuesday night, he kept the train rolling with an ejection in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics.
In a game that was largely a snoozer (the Yankees won 2-1), Boone took exception to home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater’s strike zone when he once again called a low strike on Aaron Judge when the Bombers were trying to add an insurance run.
Boone chirped at Scheurwater in the third inning when A’s starter Frankie Montas snuck a changeup in below the knees for a strike, but erupted when it happened again in the eighth when the stakes were higher.
Of course, though, watching this as a rival fan, it seems like Boone is being a hardo, screaming at the umps while playing the lowly Athletics in an effort to simply make a point.
That wasn’t the case at all, though. He’s just working on rebutting the Campaign Against Judge, which seems to be a concerted effort to not give one of the game’s best sluggers a proper strike zone.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone losing mind and getting ejected was justified
Objectively a bad call. One of the worst ever? Not sure about that, but it’s pretty damn bad. There have been far worse called against Judge. In fact, there have been 432 other incorrect strike calls against the man since he made his MLB debut.
Not an exaggeration! That’s per Statcast. Sure, our brains have been a tad poisoned with the strike zone box now living on our TV screens, which now leaves umpires literally zero room for error when we’re watching from our couch, but a ball is a ball. We don’t make the rules.
“Let’s f—ing go” is right! Or, as Boone once said back in 2019, “tighten it the f— up!”.
Boone is typically a mild-mannered fella. You’ve seen his postgame interviews. You’ve seen him handle himself in the dugout. He’s not normally a hothead.
But when you’re putting his best player in a bad position? He’s not going to let that fly. And his theatrics on Tuesday night were fully justified. Let’s just hope they sent a message to the league because this will be totally unacceptable in October when every pitch matters.