Major League Soccer has a new home-run king for one season.
New York Yankees star Aaron Judge He launched his 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday on the road against the Texas Rangers, breaking the AL number he shared with Roger Maris.
after deposit Tim Mayza Drowned in the Toronto Blue Jays’ bull run to tie the Maris’ tag last Wednesday, Judge went without a run at home during the Yankees’ last home regular season—a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Back on the road, Judge, who went 2-9 with a double in two games against Rangers through Game 1 of a double header on Tuesday, took the bowler from the Texas Jesus Tinoko Deep into the first half of the Night Cup to reach number 62.
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“It’s a huge relief,” Judge said. “I think everyone can sit in their seats and watch the ball game, you know? No, but it’s been a fun ride so far.” “Having the opportunity to do this, with the team we have, the men around me, and the continued support of my family who have been with me throughout all of this… It was a huge honor.”
The Yankees gathered to meet the judge at home after a run on his turf, and he took off his helmet as he walked back to the dugout to pay his respects to the fans. When he took the field at the bottom of the inning, he again received a standing ovation.
“Beautiful surreal,” said the judge of the welcome he received on the plate. “Just like in Toronto, it was so cool, they got their support. I think, in Texas, they were a little more excited, they could finally exhale.
“At home, in the dugout, I can see all the men sitting at the top of the rungs. Here on the road, they’re behind me, so I’ve seen no more than 40 people sitting in the dugout. So, I guess, to finally see them run out in the field, and have a chance to cuddle Everyone, that’s what it’s all about for me.”
The ball was caught by Corey Yeomans of Dallas, who was seated in Division 31. When asked what he would do with the ball as he hauled away safely to certify the ball, Yeomans replied, “Good question. I haven’t thought about it.”
Judge was later removed from the match, and the Rangers went on to win 3-2. The Yankees won the first game with two heads, 5-4.
Beginning Yankees: ‘It’s hard to describe in words’ Gerrit Cole He said about his colleague’s achievement. “When you think of the Yankees, you are often reminded of the legends who live in Monument Park and the accomplishments they have had, the kind of players they have been and what they have done for our organization.
“Even just tying a record, let alone breaking it, is a bit surreal. And obviously, on a night like tonight, it’s like ‘Woah.'”
The record-setting Homer came three days after the 61st anniversary of the day the legendary Maris surpassed Babe Ruth with his 61st home run.
“Roger Maris Jr., he and his family are so supportive and accompanying too, so many thanks and congratulations to them too,” the judge said. “It’s a tough situation, your dad’s legacy and you want to keep that. But getting a chance to meet that family, they’re amazing people. Getting a chance to have my name next to someone as awesome as Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, those guys, it’s incredible.”
Only Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGuire (70, 65) and Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63) get ahead of the judge on the MLB home playlist for one season. But while the judge keeps the AL record, Maris’ son, Roger Maris Jr., said this week that he believes the judge should be recognized as the “true king.”
The Maris mark stood as an MLB record until McGwire surpassed him by scoring 70 in 1998. Bonds surpassed McGwire in 2001, with a one-season baseball record of 73 home runs. But Maris Jr. belittled the achievements of two sloths, who reached their exploits during the so-called steroid era.
“He’s playing the game the right way,” Maris Jr. said of Judge earlier this week. “And I think that gives people the opportunity to look at someone who should be respected for 62 home runs, and not just the guy who hit it in the MLS, but for being the actual race champion for one season. That is it. She’s 62, and I think that’s What should happen.”
Judge, who grew up about a half hour east of San Francisco as a Giants fan, said he thinks the 73 Bonds bugs are the right sign for one season.
New York manager Aaron Boone said he feels privileged to have a front row seat in baseball history.
“The history of this game is one of its calling cards,” Boone said. “The number 61. I’ve known about this number all my life. I think one thing that makes our sport more special than others, is its whole history. We make history really well. And this was a year and a season where we were in the middle of one of those magical historical moments, and that ties into the number of .which is so cool.”
The Yankees will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the MLS. They will conclude the regular season Wednesday in Texas.
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