TAMPA — It was only a passing dialog with Aaron Boone at Steinbrenner Field, however it now resonates extra with Brett Gardner.
“He mentioned to me he was a little tired,’’ Gardner said after Boone took a leave of absence to have a pacemaker inserted Wednesday to address a low heart rate. “Looking back on it, it’s probably one of the reasons he wasn’t feeling 100 percent that day. I hope they caught it at the right time and it allows him to do his job to the best of his ability going forward.”
The process went “as expected” the Yankees stated in a press release, however Boone, who will flip 48 on Tuesday, had already carried out his greatest to ease his workforce’s concern about his well being situation.
“Anytime you hear about the heart, it’s very, very concerning,’’ Gardner said. “Obviously, he had issues there before. Our thoughts go out to him and his well-being, but his first thoughts go to his players and our well-being. It was good to see he was at ease. We look forward to getting him back here pretty shortly, but we’ll miss him while he’s gone.”
Giancarlo Stanton stated Boone didn’t appear to point out any results main as much as Wednesday.
“How he’s been appearing regular and the way nicely he’s been ready to deal with what he’s going via exhibits you ways sturdy an individual he’s,’’ Stanton stated.
Mike Ford stated the information got here as a “shock” to him.
“He’s an incredibly tough guy,’’ the first baseman said. “It puts things into perspective for me. You don’t know what can happen on any given day. We’re all supporting him.”
Though Gardner knew concerning the open coronary heart surgical procedure Boone underwent in 2009 to interchange an aortic valve, Ford didn’t.
“I hope he’s kicking and fighting like he normally does,’’ Ford said. “He wanted to be the one to tell us.”
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza was a part of a Zoom name earlier within the day and helped inform the players the information earlier than exhibiting the video of Boone from the hospital.
“I’m not going to say I was surprised, because obviously I’ve had previous conversations with him,’’ Mendoza said of the procedure. “But after talking to him this morning a couple times when he was at the hospital, he made me feel really good. The way he was talking, I felt good about it.”
And the Zoom calls helped.
“Everybody was able to see his face and that made me feel a lot better and all of us around here,” stated Mendoza, who will function supervisor whereas Boone is away. “It made us feel a lot better.”