New York Yankees: Aaron Boone won over fans with the “savage” rant

Aaron Boone, New York Yankees (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Aaron Boone, New York Yankees (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had finally endeared himself to his most prominent critics after his infamous “savage” rant last week.

Aaron Boone is in his second season as manager of the New York Yankees carrying the pressure created by all those before him. The team had a great season last year but were eliminated in the Divisional round by the eventual champions and hated rivals the Boston Red Sox.

Boone has this year’s Yankees looking stronger than ever after numerous injuries throughout the first half of the season. The team has found ways to win with extended absences from stars like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luis Severino. The Yankees have relied on the exceptional play from guys like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, and Cameron Maybin. Who were each thrust into the spotlight unexpectedly to help keep the team afloat.

All these great moves were orchestrated by Boone configuring so many different lineups that could keep the team competitive until proven stars returned from injury. The most significant contribution for the rest of this season probably took place on Thursday afternoon during game one of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boone’s expletive-filled tirade against rookie home plate umpire Brennan Miller not only got him ejected and suspended, but it also went viral as microphones picked up the heated exchange.

Boone referring to his players as “Savages” in the batter’s box, was a popular topic on social media and among the Yankees personnel. Team owner Hal Steinbrenner recently spoke about the comments praising Boone’s passion. It was something his father, the late George Steinbrenner appreciated from his managers.

"“It shows that he is one with his players,” Hal Steinbrenner told The Post. “He is there with them and for them, step by step throughout this season. As any good leader would, and should, be. Aaron is a good leader.”"

All the Yankees players were supportive of their manager sticking up for them in such a public manner. It has gotten to the point that shirts were rumored to be made with the word “Savages” in honor of the infamous rant.

The only person not too happy with the rant was Boone who spoke about the rant and his unprofessional behavior.

"“Sometimes you try to divert attention from you players, so that’s going to happen,” he said. “But also understanding that I don’t want to just let it rip, especially language-wise. My kids look at me funny, and you do have a responsibility.”"

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Boone was trending on social media and being popular for defending his players will speak volumes to his overall legacy in New York City sports. This savage rant could be the final rallying cry for a determined team seeking the elusive twenty-eighth world championship.