All Rise: Aaron Judge tricks the Entire Yankee Stadium

23 September 2022

The actions of Aaron Judge on Thursday demonstrated all of the above and more. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a baseball during a home run chase.

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Judge didn't have many chances to break the long-standing American League home run record, 

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as he just needed one more to tie Roger Maris' total from the previous season—60—to enter the game against the Boston Red Sox. 

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The MVP contender reached base in three of his first four bat appearances, despite Red Sox manager Alex Cora's saying that their pitchers would "attack" the judge as usual.

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The judge's finest opportunity came against Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes in the ninth inning, when the score was knotted 4-4. 

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The conditions were ideal for both a record-breaking home run and a walk-off victory.

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The judge hammered a raised fastball in five pitches on a 2-2 count at Yankee Stadium and erupted in cheers. 

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He undoubtedly believed he had hit a home run since play-by-play guy Kenny Albert yelled "home run!" 

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on the Fox broadcast "Aaron Judge Center Field, Back there!" While the camera clearly displayed a driving angle.

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Unfortunately for everyone on his feet, Albert ends his call with "But Hernandez is there". The ball fell just a few feet from the center-field wall into Kike Hernandez's glove.

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