At 62-33, the Yankees may not need a rallying cry, but Aaron Boone gave them one anyway.
The Yankees manager's 'f--king savages' rant toward home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday not only fired up the fan base, but his players, too.
"We are a bunch of savages," Luke Voit said after Thursday's doubleheader sweep of the Rays.
Boone was ejected in the second inning of the first doubleheader game for arguing the strike zone with the rookie umpire, and mics picked up the manager's expletive-laden rant in which he said, "my guys are f--king savages in that f--king box and you're having a piece of s--t game start to this game."
"We love it," Aaron Judge said. "He's in the trenches with us."
Boone's rant also was not the first time the team has heard the manager talk about them like that.
"He's been calling us savages all year," Voit said. "We've had that mentality since Spring Training. It's pretty cool. Not a lot of coaches would back it up and use that type of work, but I think we appreciate it and we are a bunch of savages. We've got to keep going."
Even starting pitcher Domingo German said he "fed" off Boone's energy.
Added Judge: "He's living and dying with every single pitch and he has our back. There were a couple questionable calls and he had our back."