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For A. Boone, 'Neat Moment' Still Resonates

By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 22, 2008

Just as Yankee Stadium is shutting down, Aaron Boone is opening up about the one unforgettable moment he contributed to it. The home run he hit to end the 2003 ALCS -- Game 7, 11th inning -- sent the Yankees to the World Series and gave Boone, a Yankee for just half a season, a permanent place in its history.

In the first few years after that home run, Boone took pride in the moment, sure. But he also aimed for distance. He didn't want one swing to define him.

"I kind of set [the moment] aside," Boone explained. "But now, I can appreciate it and respect the fact that it's a pretty neat moment, and a lot of fans -- especially Yankees and Red Sox fans -- will remember me for that."

The Yankees invited Boone to appear yesterday in New York for the 85-year-old stadium's final game. But Boone declined: A prior commitment required him to play for the Washington Nationals.

Larkin Hopes to Stay

Nationals front-office assistant Barry Larkin, who has been with the organization since 2005, is in town this weekend to discuss his future with the club. With his contract due to expire at year's end, Larkin is hoping for some answers about what's next.

Said Larkin, a shortstop for 19 years with Cincinnati: "My e-mail to [General Manager] Jim [Bowden] when I was coming here: I want to talk to you about the future and see what's on your mind, what's on the Lerners' minds. Kind of, 'What is the plan and what are we going to do forward? Or, am I part of We?' "

Since joining Washington, Larkin has relished a loosely defined role heavy on freedom and variety. He's scouted, mentored players (including Ryan Zimmerman), and traveled to Italy and China. This much Larkin knows: He'd like to remain with Washington. He feels no need to return to the Cincinnati organization, and has not been contacted by the Reds. And, he never wants to be a general manager. ("That is ridiculous: 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Larkin said. "And I don't want any of that.")

"I've done all of the things that Jim promised me I would get an opportunity to do," Larkin said. "And it's been absolutely great. It's been absolutely educational. I've been exposed to a lot of things."

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