Boone: Yankees 'Excited,' But Ready For London Trip To Be Behind Them

Listen: Mike Francesa Interviews Yankees Manager

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June 25, 2019 - 6:56 pm
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The Yankees and Red Sox are preparing to cross the Atlantic Ocean to play some baseball.

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Both teams will soon fly to the United Kingdom ahead of the two-game London Series that will be played at the Olympic Stadium in the English capital. The games should be a great occasion for the sport of baseball, but traveling across an ocean in the middle of the season could prove challenging.

On Tuesday, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone joined Mike Francesa to talk about his team’s excitement for their upcoming trip across the pond, and about some of the team’s impressive recent results.

“I’m sure when Monday gets around and we get back here it’ll be nice and (we’ll be) glad that it’s behind us," said Boone. "No, I’m really excited. I’ve never been to London. To break up the season, the everyday grind of it, with something like this that I think is ultimately good for the game … I am looking forward to it, but probably with the idea that it will be nice when it’s over.”

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These games in London will be the first MLB games ever played in Europe. International games have previously taken the league to Japan, Mexico and Australia. 

The Olympic Stadium was built to be the main stadia for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is now the home stadium of English Premier League club West Ham United. A full capacity is expected for both contests, as tickets sold out all the way back in December. 

Francesa asked Boone if he was worried about turf and playing in a stadium that wasn’t set up with baseball in mind.

“We’re playing on turf … it looks like it’s (the stadium) a little on the shorter side … and it’s my understanding that some of the overhangs of the stadium, like right behind home plate, are very low, so it might impact some foul balls and things like that … I think it’s probably similar to Toronto or Tampa, so I don’t think it will be a huge adjustment.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa’s full interview with Aaron Boone.