If you haven’t seen Aaron Judge hit a baseball by now, you’re either not a baseball fan or you’ve been hiding under a rock. Judge put on an epic performance in the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami. After Giancarlo Stanton made a first-round exit in the derby, it was looking like Judge might suffer the same fate after Justin Bour launched 22 bombs. But Judge not only hit 23 dingers, he did it without using any of his earned bonus time.
The stats on Judge during the derby were amazing. He hit four homers over 500 feet, one at 513 feet. He hit the roof of the stadium which has never been done before. He also hit one through the ceiling rafters that made it’s way out of the park. And he hit them everywhere! Left field, right field, dead center, over the awful Marlin statute!
But the best part of this beast of a ball player was his demeanor. He looked like he was really having a great time. He delivered a really wonderful interview prior to his first at-bat and maintained his gentle giant demeanor throughout the derby.
And the show isn’t over yet. Judge will make is all-star debut tonight and will be the first Yankee outfielder to start since Curtis Grandson did it in 2012. But his defensive performance with George Springer and Mookie Betts most likely won’t be the highlight for Judge. Look for him to hit some rockets out of Marlins Park.
And you can catch Aaron Judge and the rest of the New York Yankees make a run for the playoffs at Yankee Stadium or on the road. Should be a great ticket.