The Yankees introduced new manager Aaron Boone during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
GM Brian Cashman, who said Boone would be a "great asset" to the franchise, said that when he was weighing whether to recommend someone without experience for the job, he reflected back to 1998, when George Steinbrenner picked him as GM even though he didn't have experience.
Boone, 44, said landing the job felt like the "chance of a lifetime."
"One thing I'll promise you guys is that you'll get all I've got," he said.
Regarding the fact that he has no prior managerial experience, Boone said he'll first need to earn the respect of the players, while also focusing on establishing relationships and letting the players know how much he and his staff cares about them.
"Big league players are capable of knowing who's for real or not," Boone added.
Boone, who began working as an analyst for ESPN after his playing career ended in 2009, said he "felt this tug" to manage.
"I felt the game kind of calling me a little bit," Boone said, adding that he began "looking at the game from a manager's lens" while working for ESPN.
Before the press conference even began, Boone flashed the peace sign and a bit later gave Cashman a playful nudge, and it was crystal clear he's the antithesis to Joe Girardi in terms of demeanor. That's not to say that Boone will not be as prepared as Girardi always was.
The running theme during the interview process was the need for a communicator and someone perhaps more personable to relate to the players on the Yankees roster. Boone touched on the importance of communicating to his players that he knows what he is talking about, adding that he was confident that he would be able to "in short time" earn the player's respect.
Boone freely brought up his inexperience, using the word "green" when talking about the learning curve of the job -- especially where it concerned in-game decisions, but felt that he would be able to lean on the rest of his coaching staff in the early going. He suggested that he will be able to tap into his experiences going all the way back to his days in the clubhouse as a child while his father was playing through his time with ESPN as analyst.
The 44-year-old Boone maintained that he understands the expectations based on last season will be sky-high. He also professed that the most important thing he can do is help improve his players. He stressed he knew "getting the most out of each individual player" was going to be a key to the process. And he intimated that helping players become better from varying methods was key and with that the wins will come as the process develops.
Boone's first impression was a positive one and should have fans excited for the next phase in the organization's history.