Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone forced himself to watch the Red Sox win the World Series to use as motivation (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The 2018 baseball season will forever hold a special place in my heart. The Red Sox won 108 games in the regular season and capped it off with World Series crown. This was a title that was well deserved. The roster was stacked, Alex Cora was a fantastic manager, and the team was filled with a bunch of great dudes.

Despite getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Red Sox, Yankees manager Aaron Boone forced himself to watch the World Series:

“I watch a lot. I love the game,” Boone said Wednesday at spring training, per the YES Network. “I’ve always been a fan of the game. I watched the postseason — this year was a little more difficult. But I certainly made a point even to watch the World Series and the Red Sox celebrate and watch them on the podium. I don’t know whether it was to torture myself or what, but I made sure I watched it.

“You put this hat on and this uniform on to get to wear a big league uniform, you shouldn’t need much motivation. But to watch a team you know so well and is certainly one of your rivals celebrate where you want to be, I think that adds a little fuel to the fire, certainly.”

Not going to lie, I gained some respect for Boone today. That’s what a real person with integrity does. Let the loss sting. Let the humiliation fuel you. Hey, I’m always up for more competition. This is the sort of thing that I would do. I love this move. Yankee fans should be happy. I’m still not sure how smart the guy is but he said the right words.

I’m so ready for baseball season. It’s one of those years where I’m definitely watching spring training games. What else is there to do in February?