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toronto – Aaron Judge said he was trying to determine which teammate was yelling at plate umpire Clint Vondrak when he peeked into his dugout before hitting a 462-foot home run in the New York Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
The Yankees player looked off to the side for a moment before driving a 114.9 mph blaze off Jay Jackson’s right-hander.
“There was a kind of chirping coming from our hideout, which I didn’t really like about the situation,” said the judge.
New York led 6–0 at the time, and three pitches earlier, Vondrak had ejected Yankees coach Aaron Boone for arguing with a low hit on Judge. Boone emerged from the bunker to vent on Vondrak and crew chief James Hoye.
Toronto broadcasters noticed the judge peeking into his private stash before Homer and speculated that he was looking for some kind of signal.
“It’s strange that a hitter is looking that way,” said Blue Jays manager John Schneider.
Al-Qadi said that some of his teammates still expressed resentment that his attack continued.
“I feel like after the manager does his job,” Judge said, “it’s like, Flas, the pitcher still has to get out there and make some pitches. We’ve got the lead, let’s go work here.” “I said some things to some of the guys in the dugout, especially after the game. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Boone said he understands the judge’s frustration with the hidden distraction.
“Jodi was kind of like, ‘I’m hitting here,'” Boone said.
Judge hit two single eyebrows on Monday, the ninth and tenth of the season. It was his third game of the year and the 30th of his career.
Judge has 30 home runs against Toronto, the second-highest total he has against an opponent behind his 35 against the Baltimore Orioles.
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