So many people have memories of Tom Seaver stashed in their heads and Aaron Boone is a member of that universe.
Neverheless, Boone has a physical reminder of the Hall of Fame pitcher, Greatest Met Ever and a family friend of the Boones who passed away on Monday at 75.
“The  strike my dad was the National League [player] rep and the Seavers came and stayed with us for a week,’’ Boone said of his father, Bob, who was with the Phillies at the time. “I was 8 years old and Tom was out, we were out messing around. Tom was on a moped and I actually jumped on the back to get on the moped and burnt my calf on the muffler. I still have the scar on my calf from jumping on the back of a moped with Tom Seaver. That is my Tom Seaver story.’’
As far as Boone is concerned, the 311-game winner is in the upper ring of Hall of Famers.
“What a great life, what a great man. As far as Hall of Famers go, he is in one of those inner circle Hall of Fames, one of those all-time greats,’’ Boone said.
Gleyber Torres worked out at the alternate site in Scranton on Thursday and is scheduled to repeat the process Friday. Provided his left hamstring/quadriceps problem doesn’t resurface, the shortstop is likely to come off the injured list in Baltimore on Sunday.
“This weekend is definitely a possibility,’’ Boone said of Torres, who has been out since Aug. 20, returning. “If all goes well there, we might have him travel to us Saturday to be ready to play Sunday but let’s get through the next couple of days where he can get some regular at-bats and log some innings in the field.’’
For those who always look for something good in the darkest of storms, the Yankees finally hit with runners in scoring position Thursday night when they flushed two leads and lost to the Mets, 9-7, at Citi Field.
The Yankees started the night having dropped nine of the past 13 games and were hitting .118 (6-for-51) with runners in scoring position.
They went 6-for-11 Thursday but the breakout wasn’t enough to overcome A.J. Happ giving up a four-run lead and the bullpen flushing a three-run cushion.
“I felt like up and down, felt like [we] had a lot of key at-bats,’’ Boone said. “Better at-bats overall. That is something we have to take from this and build on and continue to grind away.’’
Tyler Wade admitted he misread DJ LeMahieu’s fly ball to right field in the 10th inning on which he got easily doubled off. While the speedy Wade was thinking about stealing third, he wasn’t going to do it with LeMahieu at the plate because he didn’t want to make the first out at third.
“The stolen base is in play, so he is working on that. But a situation where you have to be aware of exactly where everyone is especially with no outs,’’ Boone said. “Obviously a mistake.’’
According to Wade he believed the ball was hit softer than it was.
“I was trying to be aggressive on a ball I thought was a little softer. I have to do a better job of not turning my back right there and being aggressive,’’ Wade said. “Especially in a situation like that. It can’t happen. I tried to be too aggressive there.’’
While Deivi Garcia is a heavy favorite to start one of the two games against the Orioles in Camden Yards on Friday, Boone didn’t say which one. Nor did Boone announce who the other starter would be.
According to Boone, the news on Giancarlo Stanton and James Paxton is that progress is being made, but didn’t have a return date for the DH or starting pitcher.
“Stanton had a good day [Wednesday], upping his running and it went well, throwing and hitting. It’s more getting over that last hurdle where he can really start to let it go from a running standpoint,’’ Boone said of his DH, who has been on the IL since Aug. 9 with a left hamstring problem. “Then we can get him into some game activities stuff. Still a ways away but had a pretty encouraging day.’’
Boone ruled Stanton out for this weekend in Baltimore.
As far as Paxton, Boone said the lefty starter played catch Thursday.
“From my understanding it went real well,’’ Boone said of Paxton, who has been on the IL with a left forearm flexor issue since Aug. 24. “I don’t know what the progression is, but the hope is he would be back pitching for us as he gets built up.’’
Thursday night’s loss left Boone with 223 wins as Yankees manager, one shy of Lou Piniella for 10th on all-time Yankees list. Buck Showalter with 313 is ninth.
On Thursday, Stanton was named the Yankees’ nominee for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award. It’s the second time Stanton has been nominated.
Stanton assisted health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating face shields to use in conjunction with N95 masks.
Stanton and a production company in Brooklyn donated 15,000 faces shields to hospitals most in need in New York City and Los Angeles. The hospitals predominantly serve African-American and Latino communities and many were located in areas that were hit hard by COVID-19.
Mike Ford switched from No. 72 to 36 on Thursday. The last Yankee to wear No. 36 was right-handed reliever Dan Otero in spring training. Otero signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February and is currently on the restricted list for not reporting to the alternate site in Scranton.
Author : George A. King III