"I think for him, gosh, being picked for his first job being the New York Yankees, which is probably the premium job of any sport in the world, is quite something".
Neither Boone nor Meulens have ever managed in the big leagues.
He's been around the game his whole life, so even if it is his first managing, he's not some unknown just waltzing into NY. He grew up in a baseball family.
The baseball Boones: Aaron poses with grandfather Ray, brother Bret and father Bob at 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago..
"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", Boone said last month.
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On Friday morning, before the news leaked, Cashman was in Stamford, Connecticut, rehearsing for his annual rappelling down a building for charity. The person was not authorized to discuss the move because the Yankees have not announced it.
Still, the chances of the Yankees offering A-Rod their open manager job would be slim, considering the franchise's general manager, Brian Cashman, actually sought out the 42-year-old's advice about the vacant position, but not to see if the former slugger wanted the job, according to Newsday. No one knew that the recommendation would be Boone. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel". He beat out four guys with some kind of coaching experience ranging from the minor leagues to major league bench coach. Boone believes his brief experience as a Yankee player will help him as a manager. This would include just 54 games with the Yankees. Boone's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox sent NY to the World Series and extended Boston's "Curse of the Bambino".
"And I very much think that my job as manager would be to forge really strong relationships where these players understand that me and my staff are going to really care about them, that they're going to be able to trust us". "I knew I had no chance with Stanford against Aaron and USC on that day".
Boone's career with NY was brief. Every single blunder will become back-page fodder in the tabloids.
Facing that type of pressure makes it "even a little more worthwhile when you're chasing after it".
"It's just understanding what it is to be a Yankee, what it is to play here and just understanding the expectations that go with it", Boone said.