New York Yankees Manager Aaron Boone was suspended by the MLB for his amazing outburst against home plate umpire Nic Lentz on Friday Night, according to a report from Yahoo’s Blake Schuster.
Baseball is a wonderful sport full of joy, pageantry and endless variety. One of the best things about baseball is managers blowing a gasket when a call doesn’t go their way, such as when Aaron Boone did last week.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone had perhaps the best manager meltdown so far of the MLB season, absolutely eviscerating home plate umpire Nic Lentz in the midst of a no-hitter on Friday Night.
Boone was more than peeved about Lentz’s strike zone, even going so far as to crouch in the catcher’s position and explain just how wrong Lentz was getting his ball and strike calls during the game.
Now, simply complaining about balls and strikes would never be enough to get a manager tossed and suspended (as complaining about balls and strikes is seemingly one of a manager’s primary jobs). Aaron Boone inadvertently made contact with Lentz when he got face-to-face with the home plate ump during the tirade.
Of course, any physical contact, however accidental, is an almost immediate ejection and suspension — which is exactly what happened to Boone.
Still though, the Yankees are in good shape as the season winds down. After recently acquiring 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants and with the impending return of juggernaut slugger Aaron Judge to the lineup very soon, the Yankees have their eyes on the AL East title, which had seemingly already been decided in favor of the Boston Red Sox.
However, with only 7.5 games separating the two teams atop the AL East and 6 total games left to be played between them, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is all set to heat up to early-2000s levels.
Umpires better keep their strike zones consistent, too, lest they want to feel the wrath of the the Yankees’ Aaron Boone.