Friday night at Yankee Stadium, after giving plate umpire Nic Lentz a steady earful of complaints about his strike zone, Boone broke into his best catcher’s impression during the best rant of his young managerial career. The fifth-inning tirade provided his players a humorous, yet invigorating moment that they felt sparked the Yankees’ eventual 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
“It was great,” said Yankees ace Luis Severino, laughing. “That’s how a manager has to act in that situation.”cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping
It was with Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres batting with two outs in the fifth when Lentz ejected Boone while the New York manager stood on his top-step dugout perch. Lentz had grown tired of the skipper’s incessant barking about balls and strikes. As he got tossed, Boone was yelling his disapproval about a called second strike his entire bench felt was out of the strike zone.
At that point Boone, ejected for a third time in his first season as manager, went into an elaborate show-and-tell exercise. After he charged out to approach Lentz with a mouthful of expletives, Boone acted out what he believed the strike zone ought to be.
He did it the best way he knew how: by bending his knees and squatting like a catcher.
“Do your job!” cameras caught Boone shouting, as he turned from the umpire and got into the crouch in front of a standing Tigers catcher James McCann. From his crouch, Boone mimicked catching two pitches while screaming: “That’s a ball. That’s a strike. OK?”
A rather sheepish Boone later addressed reporters about the spur-of-the-moment action.
“I hadn’t stretched yet, so I wanted to make sure I was good and loose,” Boone said. “I guess, [it was about] giving my kids something to make fun of me about.”
It was Boone’s first ejection since he was booted from a July 14 game at Cleveland. He also was ejected May 22 at Texas. The Yankees split those two games.
As for Friday’s display, Boone’s players were energized by it.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike
“He protected all the guys, for sure,” said Torres, who went on to strike out a pitch later. “He’s the manager. He does a good job, and we’re proud for that. After that, we started [to get] a little more excited and we tried to win.”
When Boone’s eruption occurred, the Yankees were trailing 3-0 and were on the wrong side of a no-hit bid. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann had been rolling. He went on to retire 16 of his first 18 batters.