His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston. Meulens has been coaching since 2003 and was recently named the San Francisco Giants bench coach after eight years as their hitting coach. "I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 or 4 years old".
Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 years, one World Series title and a 910-710 regular-season record. Hopefully, Aaron will have more managerial success than his father, as Bob never led a team to an above-.500 record in six seasons.
One thing Boone does seem to have in spades is the personality to both deal with a relatively young Yankees team and thrive in the spotlight of the NY media.
Most MLB managers toil for years as bench coach, pitching coach, managing in the minors or other positions where they have to display leadership of players.
General manager Brian Cashman cited "communication and connectivity" as important prerequisites when the Yankees parted ways with Joe Girardi after a decade with him at the helm. Cashman later said he was concerned over "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel".
Cashman said he had grown concerned about Girardi's ability to connect with a young roster, and in Boone, he chose a candidate who has always been known as a skilled communicator. "And it's I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager".
Fortunately, Beltran's baseball mind could still be with the Yankees in some capacity next year. The six that interviewed for the job were Rob Thomson, Chris Woodward, Aaron Boone, Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens and Eric Wedge. Will Aaron Boone be able to take NY to the next step and bring home a 28th Commissioner's Trophy?
Boone was the fourth of the candidates to interview with the Yankees, going through about six hours of conversations at Yankee Stadium on November 17.
Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.
By blowing out his left knee in a January 2004 pickup basketball game, Boone accidentally started the A-Rod Era in pinstripes; trading for Alex Rodriguez became the Yankees' solution to their sudden third base vacancy.
Boone had a rather pedestrian career as a player but the highlight of his career came as a member of the Yankees.