Just a day after it was announced that Herm Edwards was next up to be the head coach of Arizona State's football team, we have learned that Aaron Boone will be leaving The Worldwide Leader to go manage the most storied franchise in all of sports (probably), the New York Yankees.
Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 years, one World Series title and a 910-710 regular-season record.
Boone, an ESPN baseball analyst since 2010, has never managed or coached at any level. "As he said after his interview, he feels like he's been preparing for this job since he was three or four years old". He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez.
But the Boone-Yankees bond has roots that go back 14 years, not because of his pennant-winning home run in 2003, but his quick display of responsibility and integrity a few months later. When you get a major hit or home run as a member of the Yankees in the playoffs, that creates a legacy that lasts forever and is remembered for a long time. This would include just 54 games with the Yankees.
Like Torre did in 1996, albeit without his previous managerial experience, Aaron Boone also inherits a Yankee team with high expectations, one that got to within one win of reaching the World Series this season.
"Absolutely, that was one of the things about Joe Torre that I always admired so much, being around Joe and playing against him when I first broke in and later managing against him", Bob Boone said.
According to George King of the NY Daily News - Meulens and Boone are the favorites and Beltran has an outside shot.
"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said.
He has a legacy; even if it's a small one.
Boone, 70, even favorably compared his son's ease in communicating with others to the demeanor of one of his own contemporaries, former Yankees manager Joe Torre. On Dec. 1, the Yankees decided Aaron was the man. He's come to a team that's ready to explode. Accompanying her caption was a link to an article entitled, "The best and only choice for Yankees manager is obvious," lobby for Rodriguez to fill the vacant position.