Yankees' Aaron Boone focused on beating Astros -- not how fans will react

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Yankees' Aaron Boone looks on during ALCS game vs. Astros
Yankees' Aaron Boone looks on during ALCS game vs. Astros

For the first time since the Astros were disciplined by MLB for cheating back in 2017, which hurt the Yankees' World Series chances, Houston and New York will face each other on Tuesday night in the Bronx.

And it's safe to say, Yankee fans have been waiting for this moment.

Manager Aaron Boone, though, was asked about what he expects to see and hear in the Bronx and was quite honest: He really doesn't have a clue. He's just focused on winning the ballgame

"I don’t know. It’s not my place to tell fans how to react," he said. "Look, I know we have as passionate a fan base as there is in our sport and I'm sure they’re obviously aware of a very good team that's coming in to play us. That’s not for me to get caught up in that.

"As long as things are fine and safe for everyone — fans and players and people in the stadium alike — is the most important thing. They’re going to express themselves however they do and our job is to go out there and be ready and go out and play baseball against a very good team.”

Boone said that his words are on the minds of the players as well, though it is worth noting how outspoken guys like Aroldis Chapman and Aaron Judge were when the news broke.

The last time these two saw each other, Jose Altuve parked a Chapman slider over the left center field wall to push Houston into the World Series in Game 6 of the ALCS.

"There’s no question the last years have had an effect and changed things a lot," Boone said of the Astros-Yankees rivalry. "But I don’t know. I don’t really think it’s my place to give that much consideration or dwell on that or focus on that. After we see how the series unfolds, maybe you can ask that question.”

Fans are expected to let the Astros hear it at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. And we'll see if a slight edge will be in the Yankees dugout, as the team looks to continue their hot streak following a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.