Chat with Aaron Boone
Boone had two 20-20 seasons during his career, 2002-03.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN MLB analyst Aaron Boone stops by to chat about the baseball season, as well as his work with Subway and the Little League Challenger Division.
A veteran of 12 MLB seasons, Boone played for six teams during his career, including the New York Yankees when he hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.
On Wednesday, Boone will coach in Subway's appreciation game for Los Angeles-based Challenge Division Little Leaguers. The opposing coach will be Jared the Subway Guy. The Challenge Division is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth to enjoy playing baseball.
Send your questions now and join Boone Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:59 PM)
Aaron is here!
What do you think of what Theo's been doing with the Cubs so far?
Aaron Boone (2:00 PM)
I think this is not an overnight process. I like the patience he showed with Rizzo and bringing him along. I think Theo's biggest job this year and what he's doing this year is evaluating the system and everyone's job. Their big concentration was on the draft this year. That will go a long way on stabilizing this organization and getting them back on track.
Any tricks up your sleeve to try and out manage Jared later today?
Aaron Boone (2:01 PM)
I'm thinking it's going to be pretty easy. I think I have the upperhand!...just kidding. I was interested to find out he grew up a Reds fan. No tricks so far, but just looking forward to taking him to school in the managerial department.
Colton Short (Wichita, KS)
Where do you think Dempster will be delt too? Any big bats available before trade deadline? If so who?
Aaron Boone (2:02 PM)
I do think he'll get dealt, absolutely. He has to get over this injury first. But, provided he's healthy, he's probably the most sure of the Cubs to be dealt. Where? You never know, but the Dodgers seem like a good fit.
Do you think the orioles will stay a contender this year? Or even a .500 team?
Aaron Boone (2:03 PM)
I think they can remain a .500 team. I think it will be difficult for them to legitimately hang in there until September. They seem to have turned a corner and are on the right track. But overall, I don't know if they have the pitching depth to hang in there. This is a franchise that's turned the corner and is on the rise. Buck Showalter had a hand in changing the culture there.
how did you get involved with challenger baseball?
Aaron Boone (2:04 PM)
Actually, Subway reached out to me a couple of weeks ago to guage my interest level. It was something that was very, very interesting to me. Any time you get a chance to work with Little Leaguers and then this year with Subway's involvement in the Challenger Division, this was an exciting opportunity for me to get involved. It was them reaching out to me and seeing my availability and interest level. It all worked out.
Can the Braves just win 6 of 10 w/ it being a 6 gm win streak followed by a 4 game skid? Why are they so streaky!
Aaron Boone (2:05 PM)
It's been incredible this year how streaky they've been. It's been their offense, it seems like it just comes and goes. It's an offense that has a chance to be very good. They just need to maintain some consistency with their lineup. I think they have a chance, certainly in the NL East, but that offense can't just come and go. When you're struggling, you still need to score some runs.
Your ALCS homer was one of those "Where were you?" moments for me as a baseball fan. What was your immediate reaction to hitting it? Excited, relieved, stunned?
Aaron Boone (2:06 PM)
One of those memories that's very foggy for me. There are moments in your life, events in your life that are photographic and you can remember them, but that's not one of them. I see people's reactions and listen to what they say, but it's foggy for me.
Who would you rather build a team around , Mike Trout or Bryce Harper?
Aaron Boone (2:08 PM)
Woooh! I love the question. I'm Team Trout. I think they'll both be superstars, but I think Trout's going to be a Gold Glove type centerfielder. He's such a dynamic leadoff hitter. He has great speed. He could get 60-80 SBs, .400 OBP and play a great CF. I'll take that guy. I love the makeup of him. Not that Bryce isn't special, he'll be great too. I think it's great to have such young great players.
How cool is it for your family to have generations of you having plyaed in the big leagues? Got to be a source of pride for you all.
Aaron Boone (2:09 PM)
It's all we know. Growing up, my dad played for 19 years. It's all I know being able to go to the park with him. My grandpa was around for 30 years of my life. It was always a topic of conversation around the dinner table, around the house, at the holidays. What was nice for me was having a dad, brother, grandfather being able to relate to everything about your job.
Should I, as a White Sox fan, have any concerns over Youkilis potential this year given that he was traded for a really bad pitcher and versatile (though lightly hitting and lovable) utility guy?
Aaron Boone (2:11 PM)
The third base situation for the White Sox before he got there was really bad. I think it's a great pick up for Youkilis. He needed a change of scenery. I think he goes there and helps the lineup and that he can still be an impact bat in the lineup. I question how good he can play third base defensively. But he'll go make an impact on offense, where the White Sox need him. I think they look back and like this deal.
If you had to predict today who would you pick to win the NL East?
Aaron Boone (2:12 PM)
Oh man!...I'll go Washington. They're in the lead now. What's going to happen with Strasburg and Zimmerman, that remains to be seen. I like the pitching staff. Anyone can win that division, even Philly. If they get healthy, they could make things interesting. I'll take the team out in front right now to hang on.
Joe (San Antonio)
Okay, so the Chapman celebration, how foul was it?
Aaron Boone (2:13 PM)
I got foul. I didn't care for it. I didn't like it. But I also don't think it was that big of a deal. I know he's been scuffling a little bit the last few times out. I think he was letting out some relief, but I didn't care for it. It didn't look very good or professional.
Aaron Boone (2:14 PM)
Thanks for sending in your questions and giving me the opportunity to answer a few.