After last night’s third straight debacle in Houston which dropped the Yankees record to 5-7, Aaron Boone said he believes the Yankees are close to turning the corner.
Boone: “I believe we’re really close to turning the corner.”
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 11, 2019
A few minutes later, Aaron Judge — the Yankees best player and leader — did not sound too sure when asked about Boone’s comments (question happens at the 30-second mark).
Aaron Judge and the Yankees "fought a lot in this series, and fought until the end in every game." pic.twitter.com/Idk00mToxs
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 11, 2019
People freaked out about this because that is what Yankees twitter is going to do. But this is exactly the reaction I want Judge to have, and it is exactly the statement I expect from Boone.
Boone is not the kind of manager to rant to the media. He is not going to pull Reggie Jackson out of right field when he misplays a ball or call out Gary Sanchez for his effort, and that is precisely the reason he was hired. Cashman wanted a manager who understood new-school analytics, would take the nerds advice, and be able to relate to the millennials in the clubhouse. And oh yeah — blow smoke up the media’s ass. Him saying the Yankees are close to turning the corner is Boone speak for “we need to be better.” He knows the Yankees played a sloppy series, he just isn’t going to call anyone out for it.
Judge, on the other hand, is pissed the Yankees blew two — maybe three — games in Houston. He looks and sees Clint Frazier flopping around in left field, Gleyber Torres cutting off a ball headed for third base, Brett Gardner turning a should-be single into a triple, and normally good relief pitchers walking batters, and is pissed. Good! Judge should be pissed. As the leader and future captain of the Yankees, I want him to be disgusted with the team’s play.
So I’m not making a big deal out of Judge and Boone “not being on the same page.” In fact, it isn’t the first time this happened. When Judge made his backs against the wall statements, Boone couched it. That’s what Boone is there for — to diffuse any potential fire.
Instead, the team needs to figure out why they are playing sloppy, stop talking about injuries, and win games they should be winning. There is no point getting all up in arms every time Boone spews cliches to the media because he isn’t going to stop.
Up next is a 9-game home stand with 7 games vs the White Sox and Royals. If this doesn’t snap the Yankees out of their funk, then what will?