Bye-Bye, Boone

Aw. Aaron Boone has officially announced his retirement. Not like I didn’t know this was coming. I just….well….ever since he left, I always had this slight hope that he’d return to the Yanks where he belongs. Either converting to outfield, or just being a utility guy. Anything. Like all Yankee fans, Aaron Boone holds a special place in my heart.

Aaron’s health has been worsening over the years. He has had a heart condition since his childhood, but the severity recently escalated. Boone had open-heart surgery to fix the problem. It was amazing that he even played baseball after that. I can understand why he decided it was time to stop playing.

This is not a forever goodbye to Booney. Aaron plans on joining ESPN as an analyst, which would be cool. And, I’m sure, he will want to come to Old Timer’s Day. He better….I miss him ♥

I always have liked Aaron Boone, even before he was a Yankee. As for so many other players, I had his baseball card and thought he was cute. I was happy when he joined the Yankees. But on October 17 of 2003, everyone (well, except the city of Boston) was glad Boone was a Yankee. In the 11th inning of this best game I have lived through, Boone forever immortalized himself in the hearts of Yankee fans everywhere.

Poor Booney didn’t like facing Tim Wakefield. But in that 11th inning, Joe Torre stuck with him. Best decision ever. On the first pitch, a wiggly-jiggly knuckleball by Wakefield, Boone, who just wanted to get the bat on the ball, got the bat on the ball. Indeed he did. And he knew it. Boone was our savior that night. His magic blast sent the Yankees to another World Series, but more importantly, prolonged The Curse of the Bambino. 

I need to just re-live that moment really quickly:

 

 

 -Sniffle-….-Little tear-….Oh, the beauty!

I love ya, Booney.

 ♥ 

9 Comments

I will never forget the feeling that went through me when Booney hit that homer. Chills like you would not believe! He was like, the love of my life during the 2nd half of ’03. Gorgeousssss ♥ Great job as usual, Virginia! I need to get back into blog mode =l LOL.

- Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

Boone was a great player, even though he wouldn’t give you 40+ bombs a year, he’d still come through in the clutch and deliver solid numbers. Nice post!!!
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com

Do you remember his own words on what had just happened? I thought it was one of the coolest descriptions ever….
“this…this is just…SICK!!”
Most of the times when players open their mouths they tend to dissappoint. To me, those were some of the better words put together by a ball player. There’s beauty in simplicity.
http://the brooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

….or did he use the word STUPID! Either way, it was a great line.

OMG what a night. “THIS IS STUPID!!” Sooooo good. Ugh. Thanks for the pictures, Virginia… Boonie was a cutie!~Anahttp://enternight.mlblogs.com

You really do love your Yankees, don’t you.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Aaron Boone was the man, back then, right before they decided to dump him for A-Rod. Interesting note!

Matthew T.
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Boone definitely made an impact with a lot of Yankee fans… think he’ll do okay with ESPN…

~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

i’ll never forget his walk off. one of my most fondest baseball memories and i could care less about that game!

congrats on the win today
http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: