New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn't stop himself from watching his team's top rival, the Boston Red Sox, pop champagne and celebrate their 2018 World Series championship back in October.
It was Boston's fourth World Series title this century, two more than the Yankees, who last won the Fall Classic in 2009 -- also their only championship appearance since 2003.
The Yankees are eager to begin their 2019 campaign and prevent the Red Sox from winning back-to-back titles, and watching Boston take home last season's crown is serving as extra motivation for Boone.
"I watch a lot. I love the game," Boone said Wednesday at spring training, per the YES Network. "I've always been a fan of the game. I watched the postseason -- this year was a little more difficult. But I certainly made a point even to watch the World Series and the Red Sox celebrate and watch them on the podium. I don't know whether it was to torture myself or what, but I made sure I watched it.
"You put this hat on and this uniform on to get to wear a big league uniform, you shouldn't need much motivation. But to watch a team you know so well and is certainly one of your rivals celebrate where you want to be, I think that adds a little fuel to the fire, certainly."
The Red Sox and Yankees will renew their legendary rivalry April 16 and 17 with a two-game series at Yankee Stadium.