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Happy B-day, Aaron Boone!

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On this day 36 years ago, former Yankee infielder Aaron Boone was born in La Mesa, California.

Boone will always be remembered by Yankee fans for his walk-off homerun to clinch the ‘03 ALCS versus Boston.  Aaron led off the bottom of the 11th inning with the game tied 2-2 in a real nailbiter.  He launched the first offering from wiley knuckleballer Tim Wakefield into the leftfield seats, sending the home crowd into mania and the team to the World Series.

Aaron was born into a baseball family.  Grandfather Ray Boone (d. Oct. 17, 2004) was an infielder with Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago (he was traded there in a move that included Red Sox mgr. Terry Francona’s father Tito), Milwaukee, Kansas City, and finally Boston.  His 2-time All Star career spanned from 1948 to 1960.  Father Bob Boone was a 7-time Gold Glove catcher who spent 19 seasons with Philadelphia, California, and Kansas City, throwing out an impressive 40% of attempted steals over his career and earning 4 All Star selections.  Brother Bret Boone was a slugging secondbaseman by trade, leading all Boones with 252 career HRs.  The 4-time Gold Glover, 3-time All Star, and 2-time Silver Slugger led the American League with 141 RBIs in 2001. 

Aaron would later gain some fame as being the first player in MLB history to have open heart surgery and return to play within the same season, going under the knife on March 26th, 2009 to replace his bicuspid aortic valve and returning to the batter’s box on August 10th (he was 0-3).

Quote:  “”Just to have the opportunity, to be in that spot, get that chance, it’s humbling…This game humbles you all the time in good and bad ways. It’s been humbling a little bit lately in a bad way, and this is just the same. It’s humbling.”

Written by Ryan

March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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