HOUSTON — Bob Boone will be at Minute Maid Park for the ALCS, but not to offer fatherly advice to Aaron Boone.
Instead, the elder Boone will be there in his role as a senior advisor to Washington general manager Mike Rizzo.
“When I woke up this morning, I thought to myself, ‘Should I recuse myself from this?’ ’’ Bob Boone said with a laugh by phone on Friday. “I don’t know if this has ever happened before.”
The Boone family is accustomed to making MLB history, with three generations having played in the majors, starting with Ray, then Bob, then Aaron and Bret.
Now, Aaron and Bob Boone are trying to guide their teams to the World Series — each one step away, with the Yankees facing the Astros in the ALCS and the Nationals going up against the Cardinals in the NLCS.
“We both have pretty big hurdles to get there, but that is the dream,’’ Bob Boone said of the possibility of meeting Aaron in the Fall Classic. “It would be exciting, that’s for sure.”
And Bob will be looking to find ways to beat the Yankees — and Astros — in case Washington gets by St. Louis.
He’s already very familiar with the Yankees, watching most of their games when he’s home.
And he’s obviously been impressed by what he’s seen, from both the Yankees and his son.
“He’s been the same guy he’s always been,’’ Boone said of Aaron, whose home run sent the Yankees to the 2003 World Series, where they lost to the Marlins. “With what they’ve been able to overcome with all those injuries, he’s done a great job. It’s a tribute to [GM Brian] Cashman and everyone else to fill all the gaps they’ve had. It’s almost like a miracle they got to this point.’’
For all the accolades Aaron Boone has gotten this season as manager, he’s probably most known for his infamous tirade during the first game of a July 18 doubleheader against the Rays, when he erupted at fill-in home plate umpire Brennan Miller, saying: “My guys are f—ing savages in that f—ing box … Tighten this s–t up!’’
“I thought that was tremendous,’’ Bob Boone said of Aaron’s passion. “I’m sure he didn’t expect the microphones to pick it up. And then I laughed when the T-shirts came out. But it was probably the best [tirade] I’ve ever heard.”
Boone, who won a World Series title as a player with the Phillies in 1980, said he has seen the Yankees play in person a handful of times this season, but doesn’t discuss strategy with Aaron when they talk.
“He played for me when I managed in Cincinnati and that was tough,’’ Boone said. “I think it was harder for Aaron than for me. Now, I don’t make suggestions.”
At this point, he doesn’t feel the need to.
“They have a tremendous team,’’ Boone said of the Yankees. “I mean, they have [Gio] Urshela hitting ninth sometimes.’’
Bob Boone is keeping an eye on what might happen later this month.
“We looked forward to this kind of thing since the day the season started,’’ Boone said. “We both have a lot of work to do to get there, but it’s great that it’s still a possibility.”