World Series hero Jim Leyritz says Yankees manager Aaron Boonealmost certainly needs to not just make the playoffs -- but win a series -- if AB wants to keep his job as Yankees skipper.
Bleak news for the leader of the 3rd place Yanks ... who are currently 8 games back of the A.L. East-leading Red Sox.
"I would say, based on performance, if they get to the playoffs, and they at least get through the first round. He will be back. If he doesn’t, it’s up in the air," Leyritz tells us.
The silver lining? Jim says the NYY can catch the Sox ... and it all starts with a kickass performance against Boston this weekend when the most intense rivalry in baseball is renewed.
"That [A.L. East] division is so tough that I don’t put anything ... you know, 9 games sounds like a lot, but in all honesty that can be erased pretty quickly. And, the Yankees do have enough head-to-head meetings with Boston to do some damage."
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Looking for a little help on the questions? Leyritz -- who hit a game-tying, 3-run home run in the 8th inning of game 4 of the 1996 World Series -- predicts the Yanks will win on Saturday by 2 runs. Jim also believes the NYY will go long in the 7th, 8th, or 9th inning.
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