Aaron Boone takes a veiled swipe at critics, downplays frustration over game timing

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is seen during the 2024 spring training.
Michael Bennington
Sunday March 24, 2024

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New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone is leaving the disappointments of the 2023 season behind and setting his sights on a brighter future in 2024. With a revamped roster boasting the star power of Juan Soto, Boone is eager to kick off the regular season campaign.

The offseason acquisitions have ignited a sense of optimism among Yankees faithful, and rightfully so. Soto, the crown jewel of the offseason moves, has been scorching hot during the exhibition games. He currently flaunts a blistering .326 batting average with four home runs in just 43 at-bats, a promising sign for the upcoming season.

However, the spring training journey hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing. During a recent split doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, play-by-play announcer Michael Kay broached the topic of the early start times for some exhibition games. In a moment of exasperation, Aaron Boone’s response was a blunt, “First of all, stop yelling at me. I don’t make the schedule, okay?”

Aaron Boone’s veiled swipe at critics

While the exchange highlighted some scheduling frustrations, it’s evident that Boone’s primary focus is on preparing his team for the challenges that lie ahead. With a talented roster and a renewed sense of purpose, the Yankees appear poised for a strong comeback season under Boone’s guidance.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s terse response to play-by-play announcer Michael Kay regarding early start times for spring training games was a moment of frustration, but it also sheds light on a potentially valid concern.

While Boone was clearly not receptive to Kay’s attempt to assign blame, it’s likely that he shares the players’ dislike for these early-afternoon contests. After all, managers arrive at the ballpark well before the players to prepare for the day’s activities.

However, Kay’s question raises a fair point. The regular season schedule features far fewer day games, forcing players to adjust their routines significantly as Opening Day approaches. These abrupt changes can disrupt sleep patterns and potentially impact performance early in the season.

This situation sparks a conversation about the structure of spring training itself. With a significant portion of the fanbase missing out on games due to work or other obligations, a reevaluation of the current approach might be beneficial. Finding a way to balance the players’ need for proper schedule acclimation with the fans’ desire to see their favorite team in action could be a win-win for everyone involved.

Focus on bouncing back

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The bitter taste of a lost season still lingers for Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees faithful. Lofty preseason aspirations quickly unraveled as injuries ravaged the roster, impacting both the pitching corps and the potent offensive lineup. 

Prominent sluggers like Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Giancarlo Stanton grappled with inconsistency, their offensive production hindered by nagging health concerns. The pitching staff wasn’t spared either, with significant injuries to Luis Severino and Carlos Rodón disrupting the rotation’s stability.

However, the Yankees haven’t resigned themselves to another disappointing campaign. The front office took decisive action to address these shortcomings. The acquisition of the highly coveted Juan Soto alleviates the heavy offensive burden shouldered by Judge, Stanton, and Rizzo. Soto’s presence injects a potent dose of power and consistency into the batting order.

Star sluggers Aaron Judge and Juan Soto are chatting during the Yankees 2024 spring training in Tampa, FL.
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Furthermore, the signing of Marcus Stroman bolsters the pitching staff considerably. Stroman adds a reliable frontline starter who can slot in behind ace Gerrit Cole, creating a formidable one-two punch at the top of the rotation.

These moves have ignited optimism among baseball analysts, who anticipate a significant turnaround for the Yankees this season. This sentiment is undoubtedly shared by the passionate Yankees fanbase as they eagerly await Opening Day. With a healthier roster and key reinforcements, the Yankees are determined to rewrite their 2023 narrative and reclaim their place as a championship contender.

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One thought on “Aaron Boone takes a veiled swipe at critics, downplays frustration over game timing

  1. Too much is being made of Boone’s supposed rebuke of Michael Kay. To me, that was just playful banter between to friends, not a terse rebuke.

    Kay obviously wasn’t yelling at Boone; he just asked: Why do we do things one way in Spring Training games, and then an entirely different way once the season starts? That’s a valid question, and Boone’s reply made me Laugh. It was a classic display of Boone’s wit. Both he & Kay knew that Kay hadn’t yelled at him; he was just answering a valid question the only way he could: humorously.

    I interpreted Boone’s response as, Damn if I know, Michael, because this is really #@&% dumb! But he can’t say that, can he, without being fined by the league? So, his only alternative was to crack a deflecting joke, which is all his comment was.

    Geez, I’ve blasted Boone for not playing a more active role in actually managing how some of his players play the game, such as Torres’ consistently bad base running over the years; but on this “issue,” Boone is blameless. (Btw, in defense of Torres, he’s looked remarkably more mature in his approach to the game’s basics this year; hopefully, that will carry on throughout the season.)

    Yes, Spring Training start times are #@&% stupid, but Boone doesn’t get to decide that.

    Lay off Boone for being funny: it’s something he truly excels at, such as his hilarious mimicking of a bad umpire’s pathetic pitch calling last season. That was Epically Hilarious! That was possibly the Best Rebuke of a Bad Umpire in Baseball History!

    And don’t underestimate the value of that rant (and others like it), in terms of the message it sends to his players, which is, Hey, I know you’re fed up with this guy’s sh*tty calls, so am I, SO I’LL DO THE VENTING ON YOUR BEHALF & TAKE THE FINE FOR YOU GUYS. How much do you think that endeared him to his players?

    That was Boone at his Best & Shrewdest, and that’s the proper way to let the players know you have their backs, and I’m sure his players appreciated.

    Besides, Google some of Billy Martin’s Greatest Rants; they make Boone’s supposed “rant” look like a G-rated comedy routine, which it was.

    The same goes for Earl Weaver’s Greatest Rants: man, could that man yell & rant at umpires relentlessly. And, boy, did a lot of them HATE Earl Weaver, as the great umpire Ronald Luciano (Repeatedly!) noted in his Hilarious books about MLB umpiring. If I remember correctly, Luciano joyfully recounted throwing Weaver out of a game as he was just walking out to home plate to turn in the lineup card: and Weaver hadn’t said a word. Now that’s hatred.

    Luciano’s book, “The Umpire Strikes Back,” is one of the funniest sports books ever written & still a worthy read.

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