Aaron Boone makes a U-turn with a stinking confession of the Yankees’ failure

Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks to reporters after the Angels swept the Yankees with a win in Game 3 on July 19, 2023, at Anaheim.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is finally able to realize where his team stands as an MLB powerhouse. After stoutly defending his leadership despite consecutive and disastrous losses, he ultimately admitted that the Yankees “stink right now.” It seems to be an unusual departure from his earlier boastful comments supporting the team.

After the Yankees’ recent loss on Wednesday, Aaron Boone didn’t mince words. He openly admitted that the team was in a rough patch, acknowledging their current struggles after a 7-3 loss to the Angels, capping off a disappointing 1-5 road trip to start the second half of the season.

“We stink right now. We acknowledge that,” Aaron Boone said about the team that he was bragging to take to the playoff spot a day earlier.

Yankees’ LA humiliation opens Aaron Boone’s eyes

The Yankees suffered their ninth defeat in the last eleven games, highlighting a broader period where their offense has been extremely lackluster. During the final game of the series, the Yankees recorded 16 strikeouts, bringing their total to 42 strikeouts over the course of the three-game series against the Angels.

When questioned about the message he conveyed to his team before their return home, Aaron Boone responded

“Acknowledge where we are, which is we’re not very good right now; we understand that. Certainly, this is a low point for us. The silver lining in it all is it is in front of us and we control that and we understand that.”

Aaron Boone stated that the Yankees should recognize their current situation, which is not very good at the moment. He acknowledged that they understood it and admitted that it was undoubtedly a low point for them. The manager, however, pointed out that they have the opportunity to turn things around and it’s within their control. He emphasized that they fully understand this aspect of their current predicament.

Carlos Rodon was also a factor in Wednesday’s defeat, conceding six runs in 4 ⅓ innings and responding to an irate fan’s taunts by blowing a kiss toward the Yankees’ dugout after the second inning.

Aaron Boone acknowledged that the team is currently facing challenges and isn’t in a favorable position.

Aaron Boone’s turnaround surprising

Yankees manager Aaron Boone at a press meet on July 18, 2023 after 5-1 loss to the Angels.

The Yankees manager stated that the team’s performance is far from where it should be, hindering their chances of securing a favorable position by the end of the season. However, Aaron Boone emphasized the importance of staying determined and fighting to remain competitive.

Despite Rodón’s struggles on Wednesday, the Yankees’ offense also failed to provide support. Facing L.A.’s Chase Silseth, who had recently been called up from Triple-A, the Yankees added him to the list of relatively unknown and struggling starting pitchers who managed to limit them to two runs or fewer since the All-Star break, joining the ranks of Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval, Austin Gomber, and Chase Anderson.

Silseth was in command for 5 2/3 innings, skillfully restricting the Yankees to just four hits and one run while achieving a personal best with 10 strikeouts. The Angels’ collective 42 strikeouts over the three-game series set a new franchise record.

The Yankees embarked on their road trip by taking on a struggling team with a weak pitching staff that was 23 games below .500. Despite playing at Coors Field, known for being a hitter-friendly ballpark, New York missed a valuable chance and lost two out of three games to the Rockies in their opening series.

With high hopes, the Yankees headed to Southern California to face the Angels, who had been struggling with 11 losses in their last 13 games, expecting a chance for redemption. On the flip side, it seemed like the baseball gods favored the Angels, who were 4.5 games behind a wild card spot, with a timely opportunity to bounce back.

Wednesday brought another instance of the struggling Yankees facing familiar challenges. Luis Rengifo’s two-run homer in the second inning increased the lead to four, and the Angels tacked on two more runs in the third, establishing a commanding 6-0 advantage that proved to be too much for the Yankees to overcome.

Despite their efforts to stage a comeback, the Yankees could only muster two runs in the sixth inning and another in the eighth. However, the Angels quickly added an insurance run, and the Yankees’ late push proved insufficient to alter the game’s outcome.

Los Angeles’ sweep against New York is their first in 14 years, and it is only the second time the Yankees have been swept in any series this season. The four consecutive losses have also equaled the Yankees’ longest losing streak of the season.

After the game, Aaron Boone expressed that it doesn’t feel good when the team is experiencing tough losses and going through a difficult stretch on the road. He acknowledged that they have to face the challenges and deal with the situation at hand.

Aaron Boone’s tone in this instance represented a significant change from his previous approach during the series, where he had been trying to emphasize the positive aspects of the team. The expression of frustration and the acknowledgment of the extent of the Yankees’ difficulties were not limited to the manager alone; it seemed to resonate throughout the team.

As the Yankees’ frustrations continue to build, their hopes are pinned on the imminent return of Judge, seen as a potential savior to help turn things around for the team.

In the meantime, the Yankees will shift their focus to what appears to be another favorable chance, at least on paper, to turn things around as they return home for a series against the struggling Kansas City Royals.

One thing that has become evident in the early part of the second half is that the New York Yankees cannot afford to underestimate any of their opponents. Aaron Boone understands and accepts it but only after trying to deny it for a while.

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4 thoughts on “Aaron Boone makes a U-turn with a stinking confession of the Yankees’ failure

  1. Why are the Yankee fans so negative and rude…..We bleed pinstripes…or not???
    In good and in bad times…..

    1. Funny how everybody but the front office new this team was gonna stink this year. Basically run back the same mediocre team from last year with a few minor changes and they think things will be different?

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