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Yankees still feel sting of ALCS loss: ‘We have a very hungry group’ says Aaron Boone


Aaron Boone spent part of his offseason watching his beloved Eagles. The Yankees manager was on hand Sunday for the Eagles’ Wild Card loss to the Seahawks with his son. While he found time for some distractions, however, Boone said this winter he and his players have still been nursing some of the pain from losing in the American League Championship Series.

“I think it definitely sharpens everyone’s focus and everyone’s hunger," Boone said on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel Tuesday morning."I feel like we have a very hungry group. And this is a team now — obviously even going back to the year before I got here — that’s really come pretty close and been knocking on the door and certainly been one of those teams that we feel like could be a championship team.

“So we understand how close we are and we’ve obviously dealt with success and the pain of not finishing it off and not breaking through,” Boone continued. “Do think that hopefully you don’t need too much of a push when you’re a major league athlete but I think when you do get close and you come up short it does give you a little extra edge hopefully going into the offseason that we benefit from.”

The Yankees won 103 games last season and captured the American League East title for the first time in seven seasons. That, however, was all lost in the fact they fell short of winning a World Series. It was the first decade since the Yankees traded for Babe Ruth, 100 years ago, that they failed to even make a World Series appearance.

Going into his third season, Boone managed the Yankees to the sixth game of the ALCS this season before the Bombers fell to the Astros. It was the second time in three years the Astros ended the Yankees attempt to return to the Fall Classic. In 2017, the Yanks fell in Game 7 in Houston.

Having added Gerrit Cole, the best pitcher in baseball who was available on the free agent market — and was one of the Astros’ weapons — the Yankees head into the 2020 season hoping to end their World Series drought.