Aroldis Chapman says ‘everything’s fine’ with Aaron Boone after Yankees outburst

BOSTON — Aroldis Chapman said “everything’s fine” between he and Aaron Boone after they disagreed about how to approach the ninth inning in Wednesday’s game against the Royals in The Bronx, when they initially agreed to have him pitch to Carlos Santana — only for Boone to change his mind when he got back to the dugout.

Boone opted to walk Santana intentionally to load the bases and have Chapman pitch to Sebastian Rivero.

Chapman ended up walking Rivero on four pitches to force in a run. The Yankees came back and won the game despite Chapman’s blown save.

“I was definitely a little uncomfortable with the decision because I have a history with Santana and I’ve faced him,” Chapman said Sunday through an interpreter. “I know what kind of hitter he is and how to attack him instead of someone I never faced.”

Aroldis Chapman reacts after he walked Royals' Sebastian Rivero to tie the game on June 23, 2021.
Aroldis Chapman reacts after he walked Royals’ Sebastian Rivero to tie the game on June 23, 2021.
Bill Kostroun

Afterward, a visibly angry Chapman could be seen screaming in the dugout before the Yankees won the game.

“It had to do with the fact we agreed to something and in my mind, that’s what I’m getting ready to do,” Chapman said. “We agreed on the mound and at the last second, he changed, so we have to reset there. Maybe it got me a little out of rhythm there.”

Boone and Chapman spoke after the game and Chapman said the manager explained the logic behind the decision.

“I was a little uncomfortable [with the decision], but we spoke about it and everything’s fine,” said Chapman, who entered Sunday’s game against the Red Sox having not pitched since the blown save appearance.

Chapman also said he was fine physically, despite a seven-outing stretch in which he’s given up 12 hits, eight runs — seven earned — two homers and five walks, while striking out just six over 5 ⅓ innings, as his ERA has jumped from 0.39 to 2.54.

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