Aaron Boone visits Nationals

Astros infielder Aaron Boone visited the Nationals at Chase Field on Saturday afternoon. He is currently on the disabled list after having heart surgery to fix an aorta and aortic valve in March.

Boone, 36, played for the Nationals last season, hitting .241 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. This past December, he signed a one-year, $750,000 with the Astros.

Boone declined to be interviewed by the Washington media, but manager Manny Acta talked about how happy he was to see his former infielder.

“It lit up my face to see him,” Acta said. “He was outstanding for us here [last year]. He is an outstanding human being. We have a lot of good feelings toward him. He was hanging out with the guys.

“To be able to see him fight back after what he went through, I’m sure he is going to be fine with whatever he wants to do.  He is feeling well. He is ready to go, living his normal life with his family and doing more and more stuff that he wasn’t able to do a couple of weeks ago.”     


Aaron Boone is a class act. I’m glad he is recovering from the surgery. I think it was real classy of him to visit the team. He is the type of ball player that sets the standards and example for other players to live up too. Best of luck to Aaron.

So many players today are “stars” and have long since lost whatever love for the sport they might have had when growing up. They are walking mega-million business enterprises, represented by agents, PR firms, lawyers, accountants, and who knows what else. Every once in a while, a player will revert to his old self and show some affection not just for the game but also for those who play it. Boone follows in the great tradition of guys like Mantle and Maris who kicked the daylights out of the water cooler when they struck out. Why? Because they had feeling for the game and their teammates. Most of today’s strikeout victims walk calmly back to the dugout, sit down, sip a drink, and work on their investment portfolio.

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