Aaron Boone has no regrets.
The Yankees manager was suspended for one game on Friday for his conduct with umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday, whom he made contact with while yelling, "my guys are f--king savages" and telling him he's "having a piece of s--t start to this game."
While Boone will serve his suspension during Friday's game against the Rockies, he was still at the stadium and addressed the suspension, which he said he knew was coming because he bumped the bill of his cap with Miller's cap. Boone explained that was "part" of the explanation he received from Joe Torre for why he was being suspended and fined, but it did not change how he felt about the situation.
"Obviously, I have no regrets," he said. "It's gonna happen and you're going to get ejected sometimes. Sometimes you try to divert attention from your players. So, that's going to happen. But also understanding, I don't want to just let it rip -- especially language-wise. My kids look at me funny and you do have a responsibility."
Boone stressed he was not proud of the foul language he used, but will continue to stick up for his players if needed.
"I don't regret ejections or defending our players," he added. "It was a time in the game where our guys were getting heated, and I didn't want that to happen. I felt like it was right to stand up. Some of the foul language I'm not real proud of, but it's over and done with now."
The fact that the mics picked up Boone's language has led to the tirade to take on a life of its own, going viral and resulting in T-shirts being made centering on Boone's use of the word "savages."
"[It's] 2019, you know. Social media, things get picked up pretty quickly," Boone said. "Obviously, I've gotten a lot of people reach out to me about seeing it and having different reactions to it. I guess I'm not surprised. Things get picked up pretty easily, we're the Yankees and I understand that."
Of course, the root of Boone's epic outburst stemmed from arguing the strike zone, a subject that baseball seems to be attempting to address in different ways. The independent Atlantic League recently began experimenting with an automated strike zone to make it less subjective.
Boone was not sure how he would feel about that if that were to happen in the MLB, but took the time to show his appreciation for the umpires and specifically mentioned Miller.
"I think by and large our umpires do a good job and have a very difficult job, for that matter," he said. "... Because of video and high tech video, we're able to anazlyze and micro analyze when they miss a pitch by an inch and we're usually on them and I'm usually on them. I understand what a difficult job that it is and respect it. I thought Brennan handled it with more class than I did, but also turned in a really good game. I respect job they have to do."