Aaron Judge reminds Yankees fans why they got so excited
It was the eighth inning of a one-sided affair at Yankee Stadium, a moment providing little reason for excitement.
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That’s when the cheers came from the http://www.dusenadup.com/ed-dickson-jersey-c-1_38.html right-field seats — “Aaron Judge! Aaron Judge! Aaron Judge!” — like absolutely nothing had changed since the All-Star break; the fans shrieking upon acknowledgment from the star rookie.
Even with so many at-bats to forget in Judge’s second half of this season, fans will remember so few.
The strikeouts won’t survive. The home runs will still be sailing.
Despite going hitless in his first three at-bats of the series finale against the Red Sox, Judge electrified Yankee Stadium after hitting a 469-foot blast for his 38th home run of the season, snapping a season-long 57 at-bat homerless stretch, and helping seal the Yankees’ 9-2 win in the Bronx.
It was Judge’s first home run since Aug. 16, against the Mets.
“It’s a good sign,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought his at-bats have been better. It’s kind of hard to evaluate at-bats sometimes against the Corey Klubers and the Chris Sales of the world, but I think his at-bats have been better.”
The night started like so much of the second half of the season, with Judge looking like he might never make contact again.
He went down swinging against Sale in his first at-bat, leaving two runners on base to end the first inning. Judge then went down looking, ending the third inning.
Judge totaled 29 strikeouts against Boston for the season, the most recorded by a Red Sox opponent in one year. He struck out 10 times against Sale, the most by any hitter against a pitcher in the majors.
The Judge’s Chambers in right field appeared http://www.hl-sapporo.com/julius-peppers-jersey-c-1_29.html more and more ridiculous, a section of fans devoted to a rookie drowning below the Mendoza Line since the All-Star break.
Then, with one swing, what had become so hard to watch morphed into all that the crowd wants to see.
Once more, they all rose. Once again, the cheers were as loud as ever.
The power had returned. Judge’s smile, too.
After homering in his first at-bat against the Red Sox this season, Judge had failed to go deep against the rival — a stretch of 85 at-bats — until former Mets reliever Addison Reed took the mound in the sixth inning.
With the Yankees leading 7-1, Judge annihilated a fastball from Reed for a two-run shot, which had an exit velocity of 115.1 mph, and capped a six-run inning. Judge was unavailable to the media following the game.
“He’s leading the league in homers. I don’t think he should be too down on himself,” Matt Holliday said. “When you’re that big and strong and talented, eventually you’re gonna start hitting home runs again.”
Judge, who extended his Yankees rookie record for home runs, tied Frank Robinson for the second-most home runs hit in a rookie Kawann Short Youth Jersey season. Judge now trails only Mark McGwire’s mark of 49 home runs, set during the A’s slugger’s 1987 debut season.