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Boone honored with award
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06/16/2003  8:14 PM ET 
Boone honored with award
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Aaron Boone was named the NL Pepsi Player of the Week. (Darren Hauck/AP)
  • 2003 Player of the Week winners

    CINCINNATI -- Aaron Boone's first National League Pepsi Player of the Week award this year, during the May 5-11 period, was predictable. His efforts that week included a game-winning home run and a three-homer game.

    When he won the award again for the period ending Sunday, the most common reaction was, "Huh?"

    Boone certainly had a solid week. He hit .556 (10-for-18), best in the Major Leagues, with a home run, two doubles, seven RBIs and three runs scored. His .833 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage led all NL players.

    But with the possible exception of last Friday's 15-1 victory over Philadelphia, when he went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, Boone did nothing truly remarkable, as even he admitted.

    "I was just getting a couple of hits a day," Boone said. "The most important thing is, we had a good week as a team (4-1)."

    Boone won the May award while he was using Adam Dunn's bats, but he has switched to his own model more recently. "Dunn needs all the hits he can get right now. I don't want to take them from his bat," Boone jokingly said.

    It was Boone's third career NL Player of the Week award. He also captured the honor for the period of Sept. 6-12, 1999.

    Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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