Boone, who played a full year in Billings in 1994, is just the second Mustang to become a major league manager.
"I think for him, gosh, being picked for his first job being the New York Yankees, which is probably the premium job of any sport in the world, is quite something".
He said he chose to stop the interviewing process after meeting with six candidates and that he would make a recommendation to ownership and they could go from there.
Along with Boone and Meulens, the Yankees interviewed four other candidates: recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson (who sources say will now join the Phillies as their bench coach), former big league manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward.
Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.
The Yankees have reportedly named Aaron Boone as the team's new manager. In Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Boone broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 11th inning and cracked a solo home run to left field off Tim Wakefield and helped send the Yankees to the World Series by beating the Boston Red Sox. He tore a knee ligament during a pickup basketball game in the offseason after his home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield and was released by NY, which replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez. Boone, who is nearly nine years younger than Girardi, will perhaps forge stronger bonds with a young core that includes right fielder Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird and pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances. "I knew I had no chance with Stanford against Aaron and USC on that day".
"I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age". Boone told reporters after his interview that he's been preparing for this job "for 44 years". "And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I've kind of lived this game as a kid", he said. "Aaron has a lot of the qualities you look for in a manager, even with lacking the experience", Bob Boone said. On Dec. 1, the Yankees decided Aaron was the man.
"I just feel like it's started to really pull at me", he said. He's come to a team that's ready to explode. "I think that's something that many of us relish in - the opportunity to have something on the line and a lot at stake is, I think, something that makes you want to go after it".