Judge's teammates had to convince him to walk up the dugout steps to acknowledge the fans saluting him at Yankee Stadium.
"Especially in the minor leagues, you're always wondering about who's ahead of you and what's going to happen or if you're going to get called up or what's going on with the team ahead of you", Judge told The Trentonian in a 1-on-1 interview.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge talks about breaking the rookie single-season home run record. Mercifully, Judge made a decision to get the 50th out of the way this afternoon after tying McGwire's record four innings earlier, sparing us disingenuous suspense about surpassing Big Mac.
In spring training, Judge nearly wasn't named the starting right fielder.
Six months ago, the New York Yankees thought if Aaron Judge could consistently get the barrel of the bat on pitches, many of those swings would result in home runs and other big hits. Solid pitching from CC Sabathia also helped with the victory.
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Greg Bird added a two-run homer into the right field second deck in the sixth, his seventh home run this season and fourth in nine games.
In his first attempt at getting the 50th homer, Judge struck out with a runner on third in the fifth.
Before the game, Girardi said reaching No. 50 would be a "great accomplishment".
The 25-year-old wound up getting both home run balls back and said he will give them to his parents.
The Yanks won the game 11-3 and improved to 87-69 for the year, which is good enough for the top AL Wild Card spot by five games. The first home run came off of Jake Junis who lasted 5.2 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits.
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