The Yankees’ 5-8 start doesn’t necessarily have Aaron Boone concerned.
The manager instead chose a different emotion to describe his mindset, with a night to sleep on the Yankees’ latest loss in a brutal showing Friday against the Rays.
“I think [I’m] more pissed off at the way we’ve come out of the gates here, not playing our best,” Boone said Saturday before his team tried to get back on track against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. “But I think we all share that in that room. Look, I concern myself with all things our club. As far as big picture and where I think we’re going, I’m still as confident as ever that we’ll work our way out of this and get rolling here eventually and be the team we expect.
“It’s always frustrating when you’re going through a tough time, but it’s also part of being a major leaguer and part of the 162-game season. Adversity’s going to show up for you. You don’t know when and where, how often, but you gotta be able to deal with it. That’s part of it. I’m confident we will.”
The not-often-seen angry side of Boone seemed to come out Friday when he addressed the team after Friday’s 8-2 loss, in which the Yankees committed three errors and had another quiet game offensively.
Gerrit Cole said it wasn’t anything he hadn’t seen before, but called Boone’s postgame talk “impactful.”
“I’ve certainly been reamed out by a few managers in my day,” said Cole, who will take the mound in Sunday’s series finale. “It was pretty par for the course from what I’ve seen, in my experience in the big leagues. I think the players listened to him and I think it was impactful.”
Now it’s up to the Yankees to turn it into results.
“It’s just like any feedback. It’s honest and it’s truthful,” Cole said. “It’s not always pretty, [but] sometimes you need to hear it.”