Randy Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Aaron Boone blew his competition away during Yankees' interview process.
NEW YORK — The formal news conference introducing Aaron Boone as the Yankees’ 33rd manager was over Wednesday, as was his photo opp outside Yankee Stadium and his interview with TV and radio media. Next on the agenda for Boone was 20 minutes with writers, and for this one he relaxed in a booth in the Legends Suite Club still wearing his new Yankees cap and No. 17 pinstripes jersey.
Hanging behind Boone was one of the dozens of ballpark televisions screens that all included a picture of him celebrating his 2003 ALCS Game 7 walk-off homer with a message, “The New York Yankees welcome manager Aaron Boone.”
On a wall nearby was a huge framed photo of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra from the 1960s and nearby were framed pictures of two other Yankees greats, Phil Rizzuto and Roger Maris.
How Yankees have had Boone working behind scenes
The Yankees are thinking Joe Girardi’s successor will trump his iconic postseason moment by becoming another franchise great, or as GM Brian Cashman put up, “We’re betting on Aaron Boone.”
They sure are, as Boone is a 44-year-old who went straight from playing in 2009 to the ESPN broadcast booth, as that was his job until Cashman phoned him last Thursday as he was pulling into the driveway of his Scottsdale, Ariz., home after picking up his daughter from school.
Well, actually that phone call – he missed Cashman’s first by a couple minutes while he was driving – was just to let Boone know that he was being recommended to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner as the choice of the six candidates who were brought in for interviews.
At that point, Cashman figured Boone would meet with the Steinbrenner family as a manager finalist … …read more