The Yankees search for their new manager brought former Yankee hero Aaron Boone into the Bronx, and he is well aware of the expectations that come with the position.
"I know what I would be signing up for," Boone told MLB.com's Marc Feinsand. "That's part of the game in major league sports; there's pressure that goes along with that...Being in professional sports, you better relish that."
Boone, who doesn't have any managerial experience, was interviewed by the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Boone has served ESPN as an analyst since retiring in 2009. Despite his lack of experience, he isn't shying away from one of the biggest positions in all of professional sports.
"I want to be the next Yankees manager. I'm not here for the exercise of it," Boone said.
"Obviously experience is very valuable and should be a check mark for somebody. I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age. And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid."
Boone has had offers to coach or be in a team's front office in the last couple years, but he always turned them down. This time, with the Yankees ringing his phone, it is a different story.
"I just feel like it's started to really pull at me," Boone said. "Especially the last few years I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations."
Boone is immortalized in Yankees history after his 2003 ALCS Game 7 walk-off homer that sent the Yankees to the World Series. Now, he will look to bring glory to his Yankees legacy in a different role -- that is if he lands the job.
"I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years," he said.