Tough day in Kissimmeee.
When the majority of the team walked into the press conference room on Wednesday, I knew it was something awful, and then when I saw Aaron Boone sit at the desk in the front of the room with Ed Wade and Cecil Cooper, I felt absolutely sick.
Boone has a heart condition that he’s been dealing with for about 15 years, but after undergoing a routine physical at the beginning of Spring Training with locally-based team physician Dr. Mike Link, it became apparent Boone’s condition had become more dire.
Boone will, in the very near future, schedule surgery to have his aortic heart valve replaced. He is upbeat about this and seems to be handling it well, but this is scary — for Boone, his family, his teammates, and pretty much anyone and everyone who knows him.
Boone’s one of those guys whom everyone likes. He’s funny, easy-going and people seem to just gravitate toward him. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and is back on a baseball field sometime down the road. Even more importantly, here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and lives a long and happy life.
To me, he’ll always been Aaron Boooooooone.