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Aaron Boone retires

Feb 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Aaron Boone.jpgNot that this is a major surprise — Bob Nightengale reported that it was likely last October — but Aaron Boone has officially retired. He’s joining ESPN’s Baseball Tonight show.

Boone posted a career line of .263/.326/.425 with 126 homers in twelve seasons. He made the All-Star team once.  And of course, there’s this. He’s our generation’s Bucky Dent.

His last act as a baseball player was probably the most notable, though, as he had open heart surgery last March and came back to baseball by August.  He was called up by the Astros in September where he went hitless in 14 plate appearances. Not that getting a hit was the point.

Always liked Aaron Boone.  Glad he could leave the game walking off the field.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Because this was an extra innings game in the ALCS, John Sterling and Charlie Steiner were both in the booth when Boone ended the game, and it was the first and only time they ever did a “THEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Yankees Win!!!” together.

  2. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Aaron F-ing Boone, nice guy and I don’t think he cared for the spot light after the homer either. Too bad Yankees lost to the Feesh( as Old Gator would say).

  3. Old Gator - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    I want to thank Aaron Boone personally for feeding the Borg to the Feesh. I doubt if I’ll ever see the Feesh back in the series, at least not as long as bloodsucker Scrooge McLoria owns them, and that includes when they get into Macondo Banana Massacre Field and discover that nobody still wants to see them and that they’ve lost their entire fan constituency – all twenty three of them – from Palm Beach. So Aaron, thanks for the memories. Enjoy the view from the booth.

  4. PAT - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM


  5. Darryl - Feb 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Best of luck to Aaron Boone. A class act. I was forever impressed when he fessed up to injuring his knee while playing basketball instead of making up some lie to tell the Yankees. He knew that telling the truth would cost him his spot on the Yankees, and he manned up and did it anyway. BTW Craig, it’s about 70 degrees today. Just sayin.

  6. IdahoMariner - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    chill, PAT. I am the farthest thing from a Yankee fan and the comment that apparently riled you into all-caps rage was about the most innocuous thing you are going to see today. And, weirdly interesting, even if you aren’t a fan. Chill.
    and — both Boones (Bret and Aaron) are pretty cool. So, yeah, nice to see he can walk off the field on his own steam.

  7. Alex - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    the 2003 Game 6 homer is not the only thing us Yankee fans have Boone to thank for. Remember, that offseason he wrecked his knee in a pickup basketball game, leaving the Yankees without a third baseman going into spring training. Mike Lamb was the stopgap answer, until the Rangers came calling. One position change later, the Yankees had Alex Emmanual Rodriguez.
    And now … you know the rest of the story.

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I don’t think they forgot the injury, it’s just not the most memorable thing about Aaron.

  9. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Oh my gosh, are you angry ?

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