Boone, Yankees embracing WS expectations

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

TAMPA - Aaron Boone has spent his entire life in and around baseball. His father and grandfather had long careers in the majors. Boone played 12 seasons in the big leagues. He spent most of the past decade as a broadcaster for ESPN.

You only get one day as your first official day as manager of the New York Yankees, however, and Boone soaked it in.

"It was a bit surreal, but I have had a lot of those moments the past couple of months preparing for the season," he said Tuesday from George Streinbrenner Field as the Yankees opened spring training camp. "It was special walking down the hall, walking into the clubhouse, into my office, walking down to the dugout for the first time ... and understanding that now is the time and the excitement that goes with that and this group of guys that we have assembled."

That group of players - now including the addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to a team that fell one victory away from reaching the World Series - is talented enough that expectations for the Yankees are higher than they have been in years.

"If we do not win (the World Series)," four-time All-Star reliever Dellin Betances said, "it wo not be a great year for us."

Asked about Betances' quote, Boone smiled. "He's right about the World Series," Boone said. "We understand the expectations. ... Last year was great, but one of the things that stands out about being in that room right now is that each guy I have spoken to, that hunger is there. There's no satisfaction in what they accomplished last year. We understand it's a very tough road."


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