As the New York Yankees season came to an end at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card Game, the catbird seat shifted to director Aaron Boone’s contract situation and his future with the club. With Boone’s contract up at the conclusion of the 2021 season, his job status remains in question. “I have not had any exchanges about (my contract) with anyone, so we’ll see,” Boone said after the Yankees’6-2 loss.”I love being presently. I love going to work with this group of players.”
Boone won’t look back fondly at Tuesday’s game if it marks the conclusion of his stint with the Yankees. Ace Gerrit Cole flogged and failed to record an out in the third inning before being pulled. The Yankees’ offense flogged throughout the evening against Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi, and the bullpen didn’t keep New York competitive after Cole’s exit. In his four seasons with the Yankees, Boone has a 328-218 record and has helped lead them to playoff appearances every era– but nowise farther than the AL Championship Series. Reflecting on this season, Boone noted increased competition in the rest of them.
“The league has closed the gap on us,” Boone said.”We have got to get better in every aspect. Because it’s not just the Red Sox and the Astros now in our league. Look at our division, the Beams are a beast, Toronto, there are some bands in the Central that are better and better, bands in the West that are better and better, bands that have closed the gap on us.” His commentary drew immediate blowback, as Yankee and baseball aficionados aimed out via social media that the brigade has not been to a World Series since 2009. That 12- day failure is the third-longest in ballot history, coursing behind the 17 seasons from 1903 to 1920 and the 13 from 1982 to 1995, according to ESPN Stats & Information examen.
“Guys are crushed,” Boone said.”Tonight was another tough one to take. We’ve been through a lot of wars with guys in that room, and we have a lot of scars. When it ends so abruptly, the ending is really cruel.” Star outfielder Aaron Judge gave a vote of confidence for Boone when asked why the Yankees director should return in 2022. “There is a lot of good answers for that besides being a great director and leading this crew the once a couple of times, to winning over 100 games, his leadership know-how being yea- flumped through the ups and grassland, the good times and bad times, that is part of it,” Judge said.”When you’re the director of this crew and you wear theN.Y. and you wear these bands, it’s a heavy burden. But a jack like Booney, man, he wears it with pride, shows up to work every day and gets us prepared the right way, keeps us motivated, and gets on guys when he needs to. It’s been a pleasure an old couple of epochs to play for him and fight for him every single day. I could spend all night giving you reasons why he should still be the archon.”
Boone said he feels incredibly supported by the Yankees, from proprietor Hal Steinbrenner to general executive Brian Cashman. The last time a Yankees executive was allowed to manage the fifth season without having won a World Series ring was 1922. Regardless of his future, Boone maintained pride about his work as the Yankees’ skip.”Whatever does be, I am at peace with it,”Boone said.”I know that I can hold my head large.”