The Yankees’ uncanny flair for catastrophe again ran amok during Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Red Sox, a defeat so demoralizing that even manager Aaron Boone — a veritable smile emoji in pinstripes — couldn’t muster the usual postgame sunshine for the public’s consumption.
Through everything the Yankees have absorbed, with each Worst Loss of the Season soon trumped by the next one, Boone’s relentlessly positive spin is always there amid the piles of rubble. His favorite catchphrases are picked up, dusted off and recycled in his effort to move past yet another disaster.
But that didn’t happen Sunday.
For really the first time, Boone looked shaken after the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on Domingo German’s seven no-hit innings and blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth, due in part to decisions the manager later second-guessed himself on. It wasn’t all Boone’s fault that the Red Sox reeled off five straight hits that inning and scored five runs, with most of the damage coming against Jonathan Loaisiga. But there was plenty of blame to go around for that spectacular implosion, and Boone was shellshocked by his own role in sabotaging the team.
To be fair, the decision to send German out for the eighth at 90 pitches (the most he had thrown since May 27) is among the most difficult for a manager. Entering the game, Boone had no intention of German being anywhere near that total, saying afterward his target…