This is what Aaron Boone was talking about during those long nights of the soul, nights in the spring and early summer when the Yankees were playing pedestrian, borderline indifferent baseball. Maybe he couldn’t envision quite how this was all going to come together.
Maybe, some nights, the Yankees manager would look at the field and wonder if his words really squared with his eyes. But he kept saying it anyway. He kept believing. Better days were ahead, he said. Better baseball was ahead. You’ll see.
Now, we see.
There is still work to be done, to be sure, with 55 games left in the season. There is still one team to jump in order to get both feet in wild-card position, still a sizable gap between themselves and Rays in the AL East. But that stuff is just numbers. That good baseball that’s been ahead of the Yankees all year? It’s here. It’s present. It’s accounted for.
“We keep grinding away,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 10-3 blasting of Baltimore at the Stadium Wednesday night. “The bottom line is, we keep our nose down and keep after it.”
It was the seventh series win in their past eight. It moved the Yankees nine…