His Yankees career was a short one, but Aaron Boone hit one of the most memorable home runs in franchise history. His 11th inning blast off of Tim Wakefield gave the Yankees a game 7 ALCS come from behind victory over the hated Red Sox.
A knee injury in the off-season to follow (in a non-sanctioned basketball game) led to a trade for Alex Rodriguez and Boone's Yankees carrer was over.
Boone showed a lot of heart during the ALCS, in which he struggled at the plate until that one big swing. Now Boone's heart is under repair. He went underwent surgery yesterday to repair his aorta and replace his aortic valve. It's a condition that Boone has known about since college. Surgery became a necessity when his (Astros) team physical this spring showed some abnormalities.
Doctors called the surgery a sucess and his father, former catcher Bob Boone, said he was doing well. Boone hopes to resume his playing career once he is healed up.
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