If this felt familiar to you, it should have. Look, Aaron Boone isn’t the first manager or coach to show either blind stubbornness or blind loyalty to a player. Yankees fans probably didn’t want to hear the litany of logical explanations Boone had for sending Joey Gallo up to hit for Isaiah Kiner-Falefa Tuesday night, in the opening game of Subway Series ’22.
Yankees fans, in fact, probably feel the way a certain faction of the criminal underworld felt back in 1972, when Gallo’s famous gangland namesake was — um, shall we say, “dispatched” — at Umberto’s Clam House in a bloody ambush.
(Yankees fans will settle for bloodlessly dispatching this Joey Gallo to another baseball team, any baseball team besides their baseball team, and as soon as possible.)
But Boone did have his reasons. And in a vacuum they make perfect sense.
“It’s not [just] about getting a hit in that situation,” Boone said after the Mets beat the Yankees 6-3, helped along by Edwin Diaz coming in to overpower Gallo, the first out of a four-out save for the Mets’ closer. “The other component is forcing their hand to at least get their closer in there for a four-out situation.”
Nothing unreasonable about that.
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