If you listened to The Michael Kay Show often the last couple years, you’d be well aware that New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. At the end of his radio spots, he’d typically give his prediction for the Birds game that week and, if listeners were lucky, a few others.
Usually, that’s been fine among Yankees fans. After all, the New York Giants have largely been irrelevant since the 2016 season (and, really, since 2011). So the “rivalry” with the Eagles, while still strong, was more for bragging rights than anything.
But this week, the playoffs are on the line. The Giants are traveling to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in the Divisional Round, and there’s been a ton of trash talk leading up to the heated battle, especially since New York dropped both games to their rivals in 2022.
So, unfortunately for Boone, who’s had some of the heat taken off him this offseason after the front office’s impact moves, he might be right back in the crosshairs after making his prediction for Saturday night’s clash.
In an interview with Jack Curry on the YES Network, Boone took his NFL insight to another platform and told the viewers he thinks the Eagles are going to beat the Giants “pretty good.”
Eagles fan Aaron Boone tells Yankees fans Philly is going to beat the Giants
The Giants are 7.5-point underdogs at the moment and the Eagles are notoriously an unstoppable home team, but New York is riding momentum perhaps unlike any other team right now. Additionally, while the Eagles triumphed 48-22 and 22-16 in their two matchups with the Giants this year, New York wasn’t even close to full strength for either of those.
The blowout victory was a result of the Giants missing a chunk of their valuable defensive starters, all of whom will be back for Saturday’s game. The narrow 22-16 victory was a result of the Giants resting all of their starters in Week 18 because their playoff spot and seed was already clinched and couldn’t improve.
It’s unfortunate Boone can’t unite with Yankees fans away from the game of baseball with his football allegiance, given the friction that’s persisted since he’s taken over as manager, but at least Tommy Kahnle is back in the Bronx to support his manager!
Kahnle, also a diehard Eagles fan, is a character to say the least, and has made sure to make his fandom known in the Yankees locker room during his first stint with the team from 2017-2020. But his playful tactics might not rub most fans the wrong way.
Boone’s regular radio spots and now a YES Network TV spot where he declares the Eagles are going to beat down the Giants? That certainly stings a bit more, and it won’t help him among the fan base’s approval ratings.