The New York Yankees tried to motivate the team in all the wrong ways for the ALCS, and Aaron Boone gave reasoning even worse than the video shown.
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have had one of the most well-known rivalries in MLB. It seems completely out-of-pocket for the Yankees to use an ALCS loss to the Red Sox as motivation, but that’s exactly what happened this postseason.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone played the 2004 ALCS loss highlights for motivation as the Yankees found themselves in a similar place in 2022 with the Houston Astros. The loss against the Red Sox in 2004 was tough, and if anything, this would only psych them out more considering they didn’t win.
The situations, however, were very different. The Yankees were up 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS, then the Red Sox miraculously managed to crush the deficit and come up 4-3 to knock the Yanks out of the postseason.
In the 2022 ALCS, the Yankees were the ones down 3-0 against the Astros. The idea was to look at the Red Sox and see that the ultimate comeback has happened, but it’s hard to do so when these players had to watch their own team lose in that process.
That’s probably not why New York didn’t advance to the World Series this year, but it certainly didn’t help anything, either.
Aaron Boone only made the ALCS tougher for the Yankees
There’s no better way to psych New York out than saying, “Hey, remember when you blew the biggest deficit in ALCS history to get yourselves kicked out of the postseason?” and then make the team watch such an event.
It’s not exactly the best thing to plant in the minds of these players just trying to make their first World Series appearance since 2009. Though they probably wouldn’t have come up from the deficit regardless, reliving tough history won’t be a source of motivation.