By Sweeny Murti
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TAMPA, Fla. (WFAN) — It began for real Tuesday. Aaron Boone as Yankees manager. I suppose I can say that again on Opening Day in Toronto when the games count. But being named manager in December in a suit and tie with a jersey draped around you is one thing. Being in Yankees gear and ready to hit the field and start doing the job as pitchers and catchers report to spring training, that’s what feels like the real start of the job.
And as the Yankees hit the field with lofty expectations, Boone isn’t shying away from it.
“We understand the expectations,” Boone said at his opening spring news conference Tuesday.
“Last year was great,” Boone said of a team he watched from the broadcast booth reach Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, one win shy of the World Series. “A lot of these guys came of age and viewed it as a very successful season. But I think what stands out being in that room right now … the hunger is there and there’s no satisfaction with what they were able to accomplish.”
But Boone now begins the job of trying to push this Yankees team to the next level. He begins by telling his players why they are good and why they can be better.
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“Just because things look good right now, or things look good on paper, and we believe we have a really great team … it’s also really hard,” Boone said. “And there’s a lot of little things that can allow you to be a championship club and those are the things we really want to dive into, especially starting here in spring training. But from what I can tell, the hunger in these guys is real.”
A lot of what we see and hear from Boone over the next few weeks and months will be through the prism of a man that is doing something he’s never done before. That’s why Boone might be the biggest question mark on a team that has a few holes, yet none too glaring to keep them from a favorite’s status.
“I’m consumed with the job and being great at it,” Boone said of being in the manager’s chair for the first time. “Hopefully (I’m) impacting our guys (and) that allows us to take another step as a club and ultimately become a championship club.”
Boone’s style both on and off the field will be what we are all looking for in the…