Aaron Boone On Mike Gillespie

Former USC baseball player Aaron Boone is now an ESPN analyst for the College World Series. He talked today about playing for Mike Gillespie, who led UC Irvine to Omaha.
“I love Mike Gillespie. He was such a great coach, but just someone I looked up to, someone I admired. As a matter of fact, he wears No. 19. When I got drafted and signed, I wore No. 19 all throughout my minor league career. And then when I eventually got traded to the Yankees, I took 19, and a lot of that had to do with Mike Gillespie and his influence on my life and my career.
“When he left USC, it was a little bit bittersweet. I didn’t like how he was, you know, in a lot of ways shown the door. But to see him later in his career go take a program like UCI, where they have had sustained success under his watch now, and now getting the opportunity to go back to the College World Series, I’m so excited.
“As far as the little ball, I don’t ‑‑ we definitely did a lot of that and he was a very hands‑on coach as far as he was a micro manager and he controlled the pitch calling and we had ‑‑ I used to make fun of them because we had 30 different offensive signs. But, that said, I don’t remember us little‑balling so much, because, my sophomore, junior year, we had four or five guys that played in the big leagues.  We had pretty strong teams. The bat situation isn’t what it is now, where I think little ball is a little more prevalent with each and every team. But he’s a guy that’s had a tremendous influence on my life.”
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  • Helen

    Man crush.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    as i recall, didn’t Southern Cal always insist, Gillespe was not fired, but “retired”??

    Yet HE later stated he was fired!!!

    MORE trOXan lies….

    reminds me of the old saying:
    Q: how do you know if a trOXan is lying to you?
    A: his lips are moving

    • Juan Carlos

      I’ve never heard of that saying. As you said, it must be very old. Thank you for sharing my friend.

  • ThaiMex

    WTF does Boone know? Big deal…he played in College and had a very good Professional career…he learned a lot about the game from his father. But…if you wanna know the truth …ask our resident blowhard NUBSIE…He knows everything….if you don’t believe me…just ask him! Firing, College World Series bound, Gillespie and hiring Kreuter was brilliant, just brilliant!.
    fit Un knuckleheads!

    • TrojanFan3.0

      FLAGGED!

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Come on TF, you know you shouldn’t put a “L” in that.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Too bad your post is as empty as your head. OH, it’s Taco Tuesday, THAT explains it.

  • rusoviet

    Uh I believe an ex-UCI head baseball coach won an NC for UCLA last year named John Savage – I fail to see how Gillespie getting sacked is relevant – Aaron Boone’s comments are his own – I know guys who played for Gillespie who thought he was not a disciplinarian regardless of his coaching skill.

    The Trojans played well this year two years removed from Gillespie’s son-in-law Chad Kruetter – funny how that relationship and change at coaching at USC is never brought up.

    • gotroy22

      Well? They didn’t make the playoffs.

      • TrojanFan3.0

        Put a little more in the glass

        • betomas

          At least he’s got a point to make and he’s a real Trojan.
          Dude, get off our USC site. You’re a Cal Poly SLO grad. We don’t need your third grade antics here, you clown.

          • TrojanFan3.0

            I’ve been attending USC games since the 80′s. what’s you excuse?

            PS…..It must suck cleaning heads for a living and lying about it!

          • gotroy22

            TrojanFail is a SLO Mustang!

          • TrojanFan3.0

            Sure beats Cerritos JC

      • rusoviet

        Well by all means let’s get rid of Dan Hubbs right? BTW just how long did it take Gillepsie to get to the CWS? 8 years – lost to CSUF For the 98′ NC game? – 12 years. He had How long at UCI to get to Omaha-NE? 7 years People like you are the bane of every school’s athletic programs -

        • Fred

          yeah how many times did Hubbs get to Omaha while at Cal…12 times? oh wait…a lot less times than that…Mike Gillespie got USC to Omaha four times in seven years…he lost to CSF in 1995 but still won a title in 1998…maybe do your homework before you decide to post on here again, rusoviet…

          • Fred

            hey rusoviet…Gillespie got UCI to the Super Regionals three times since 2008…how many times has USC made it even to the NCAA regionals?…I’ll tell you…zero…have a nice day…

    • ProbationU

      Savage was also on Gillespie’s staff at SC. You probably already know that. Garrett had 2 NC coaches on his baseball staff. SC’s loss is UCI and UCLA’s gain.