Monday, September 22, 2014

Player Profile: Aaron Boone

I have 37 cards of Aaron Boone. This one is from 2004 Bazooka. 

Playing career: Part of baseball’s legendary Boone family, Aaron Boone was a decent third baseman for the Reds in the late 90s and early00s. He was traded for the Yankees in 2003 and did not do particlarly well, hitting .254 with 6 HR and 31 RBI in 54 games. He was even worse in the postseason, hitting .170 with 2 HR and 4 RBI in 17 games. That makes that one swing of the bat in Game 7 of the ALCS against Boston all the more unbelievable! Of course, after the 2003 season Boone hurt himself playing basketball, leading to the Yankees’ trading for A-Rod. Boone himself would come back, bouncing around Cleveland, Florida and Washington, and ended his career with a hitless ten-game appearance for the Astros in 2009 following open-heart surgery.

My memories: I was feeling pretty pessimistic about Game 7 and couldn’t bear to watch, and was instead listening to the radio in my bed when Boone hit that walk-off.

Where he is now: An announcer for ESPN.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Aaron B, between Aaron Burr, the former Vice President, and Aaron Brothers, an art supplies chain. Another prominent Aaron Boone was a wide reciever in the Arena Football League.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bob Boone.

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