Aaron Boone knows the Yankees are in a rut. He made his frustrations clear in recent postgame press conferences, where the usual optimist outright acknowledged the team’s poor play, no silver linings, no small victories, no subtle signs of encouragement.
It looks like things boiled over on Friday night, when home plate umpire John Tumpane delivered one of the worst called strike threes in recent memory against Aaron Judge.
After five pitches in his at-bat against Sandy Alcántara, Judge found himself in a 3-2 count. Alcántara delivered a slider approximately ankle-high to the right fielder, one that Tumpane called for strike three.
Boone voiced his frustration, and Tumpane promptly ejected him. That brought the Yankees’ manager out to get his money’s worth, launching into another one of his trademark, expletive-laden rants.
"Just cause you fucking kicked the first one don't keep kicking it" -Boonie pic.twitter.com/QvujF5snub— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 25, 2020
This marks the third season in a row with a Patented Boone Meltdown. He taught Nic Lentz how to call strikes in 2018, proclaimed his batters savages in the box last year, and now this. Never change, Boone.