Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Sean Casey has heard the grousing about Aaron Boone's lack of managerial experience and knows that some wonder why the Yankees would hire someone who's never been in the dugout cauldron. Especially for a job at the very pinnacle of the baseball industry.
But Casey, who was Boone's teammate on the Cincinnati Reds from 1998-2003 and was one of his best friends there, has what he considers the perfect rejoinder: Boone may not have been a manager, but he's got the kind of perspective few others have enjoyed. And Casey is not just referring to Boone's lifetime in baseball, thanks to his grandfather, Ray, and father Bob, both playing in the Majors.
"Boonie's been an All-Star. He's been a hero. He's been a backup and he's been in camp where he's trying to make a club," Casey, now an analyst for the MLB Network, said in a telephone interview. "So when a guy says to him, 'Hey, why am I not starting tonight?' he knows what to say...