BUFFALO — Aaron Boone isn’t Billy Martin. He may argue with an umpire here and there, but there will be no screaming or yelling in the clubhouse. There is no flipping of the post-game spread table in the big leagues anymore, anyway. He dealt with the pressure as a player with a calm persona, he can’t be different now as a manager.
But that doesn’t mean this epic Yankees slide isn’t eating him up inside and costing him sleep.
“I’ve always tried to deal with successes and failures with an emotional stability that, I think is important,” Boone said Wednesday afternoon before the Yankees went out to try and avoid being swept by the Blue Jays. "Look, I love shaking hands at the end of the day, the best part about this job is when we go out there and execute and win the game. And there’s nothing more rewarding as a big leaguer as a big league manager than shaking hands at the end of a productive day at work.
“And that’s what we’re all working on each and every day. But you also know that we do this every single day and there’s going to be tough losses, there’s going to be hard fought victories. I think the more you get on the emotional rollercoaster with that, the more you’re set up for being in trouble over the long haul,” Boone continued. “So I have a lot of confidence in this group. I have a lot of trust in what we’re doing and confident that it will show.”