Before the Yankees came calling, Aaron Boone had another MLB job lined up. Not in the dugout, but in the front office.
Boone was ready to leave ESPN and Sunday Night Baseball to get back into the game. He interviewed with an unnamed franchise between games 5 and 6 of the World Series.
"I was really planning to make the transition into the game," Boone said, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "Whether that role led to coaching, managing or a significant front-office role. I was just kind of letting it play out."
The first time manager can't wait to get started with the Yankees and is excited by the team's potential.
"I'm just really excited,'' Boone said. "And I think part of the excitement is obviously the potential of our club. I look at where we are, and I know we're pretty good. But also getting to know them and watching from afar, it's really a good group of guys."
Before Boone manages any games, he will have his spring training press conference on Tuesday. It'll be a natural transition from broadcaster to manager, as that day will be a little bit of both.
"I've been giving some thought as far as what I want to say,'' Boone said. "but the one thing I learned with ESPN, when you try to script yourself, you get off track, and it throws you off. I don't like to be overly prepared for it. I know what I'm going to talk about, so I'm just going to talk. I want it to be real and authentic, how I'm feeling up there."