This 2020 season was not something even a veteran manager was prepared for, Aaron Boone said Sunday. So he has watched his cross-town counterpart, Mets manager Luis Rojas, try to navigate all this — including this weekend’s Subway Series postponement because of two COVID-19 cases in the Mets organization — and the Yankees manager has been impressed.
“I mean all of this is challenging and I don’t know if he could ever be totally prepared for all that 2020 has brought,” Boone said Sunday. “You try each and every day to handle all that comes and try to be flexible, try to have that ability to adapt and Luis certainly seems to have that in his personality and the way he goes about things.
“Maybe it would obviously be more challenging in the first year, but I think for everyone involved, whether you’ve been doing this for a long time or you’re new at it, I don’t know if there’s anything that’s necessarily prepared you for all this, but seems like he’s doing a good job with that.”
Boone is not exactly a veteran manager. He is in just his third season managing at any level. Rojas spent eight seasons managing at the minor league level. They both grew up in baseball families, watching their fathers manage, which gives them some grounding and commonality.