05/12/2003 6:31 PM ET
Boone named NL Player of Week
2003 Player of the Week winners
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Aaron Boone insists he's not a power hitter, but he
certainly looked like one during the last few days.
As a result, Boone captured the National League's Pepsi Player of
Week award for the week of May 5-11.
In seven games, Boone led the Major Leagues with five home runs, 10
and a 1.174 slugging percentage. He also hit .391 (9-for-23) with three
doubles and eight runs scored. The third baseman delivered all of his
in Cincinnati's four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the
Central Division when they arrived at Great American Ball Park to begin
"I don't want to explain it," Boone said. "I've just been getting
good pitches to hit lately. And I've been hitting mistakes."
Boone began his week in dramatic fashion, slugging a ninth-inning
run that broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Reds a 5-4 victory in Monday's
opener against St. Louis. He homered again in his first at-bat on
Boone highlighted his week and the series in Thursday's finale
the Cardinals, lining three home runs in four at-bats as the Reds
8-6. It was Boone's second career three-homer game, matching a feat he
achieved last Aug. 9 against San Diego.
"I definitely don't think I'm a home-run hitter," said Boone, who
was named Player of the Week for Sept. 7-12, 1999. "Obviously, I'm
hit some, but don't get used to this."
For winning the award, Boone will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.