Why Aaron Boone thinks a turnaround is coming for the Yankees, despite only one series win since July

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August 16, 2023;  Atlanta, Georgia, USA;  New York Yankees coach Aaron Boone (17) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Troist Park.  Mandatory credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
August 16, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees coach Aaron Boone (17) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Troist Park. Mandatory credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports / © Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

before Saturday’s 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Soxat any Yankees They were lifeless with one hit and a head scratch during an ace Gerrit Cole Fight hard on the mound, manager Aaron Boone He asserted that he felt “a turnaround is coming” for New York. Boone cited the following team meeting Friday’s 8-3 loss to the Red Sox.

After Saturday’s extra step back — the Yankees (60-63) are now 5 1/2 games behind arch-rivals Boston (65-58) and last in the Middle East — Boone doubled down on his pronouncement.

“I mean, you’re going to keep asking — because that’s what we do,” he said of why he feels a shift is coming. “And we have no other choice. I don’t think a turnaround is coming, so we’ll just get to work. I know it’s a boring answer for you guys, but we have to try to come win a game tomorrow and anticipate — when we walk in those doors — today is today.”

“That’s the way we looked at it. That’s who we are. We’re sick animals, in a lot of ways, right? It’s the treadmill of sports, and we have to get ready to go tomorrow and fight our way through this. And through this, you get to know people and you reveal who you are and you have to You keep showing up. And when you get over your blocks and it’s not easy, that’s what we keep doing. And we’re going to keep expecting them to change.”

The Yankees captain believes a turnaround is coming despite his team winning just one series since July 21-23, when the Yankees swept the lowly Kansas City Royals in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

When asked what he learned about his team, Boone explained that the Yankees “keep coming.”

“I know it didn’t look good at all and we’re all unhappy with it, but I know these guys come through those doors and they feel that — sure — and you have to get through that,” Boone said. “But I also know that they’re doing their best and they want it to happen, and we have to keep doing that and hopefully we can relax a little bit and get out there and get it done.”

39 games remain for the Yankees, who entered Saturday night 7 1/2 games short of third place in the AL Wild Card held by the Seattle Mariners (67-55).

“I understand,” Boone said of the frustration with the fanbase. “There are high expectations when you put on that outfit, and we get the same frustration, but we’re also charged in the ring every day with the pursuit of that. … We have to keep our focus. But I definitely understand that anger. It’s not fun going through it.”

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