June 18, 2024

33 thoughts on “Yankees.com: Judge plays a role in Yanks’ romp in more ways than one

  1. It definitely looked like an intentional interference to me. Judge moved his hand to the right to hit the ball.

    I applaud his efforts in breaking rules to help the team win. When it is my team. Not when other teams do it. When they do it, they are evil.

  2. How do these people get to be professional writers? First sentence: “It would take something unusual to bump one of Aaron Judge’s long homers into a secondary note, especially on a day when Anthony Rizzo rounded the bases for his 300th career home run.”

    It would take something ESPECIALLY unusual to bump one of Aaron Judge’s long homers into a secondary note on a day where another team hit a milestone homer, his 300th, something surely more of a story than just one Judge home run. That is, on a day when nobody else did anything special, but Judge hit a home run, it would be MORE unusual to bump the Judge home run into a secondary note in your story? Meanwhile, neither of those things is what he wants to write about.

    Yes, what he meant is: On a day Rizzo hit his 300th homer, you wouldn’t think Judge would steal the story – but not wIth his home run. But – Jesus, that’s not at all what he wrote, and what he wrote is a smoking mess..

    1. The short answer is writers were always dumb when they were on deadline. Writing well on deadline is hard and mistakes get made. It’s even harder now that deadline has moved up from “The game ended at 10 and we’ve got about an hour to get it to layout so they can make the press drop-dead deadline” to “The game just ended and the story needs to be on the site in 15 minutes.”

      The real problem is they fired all the editors.

    2. the last time I bumped a long homer into a secondary note, hoo boy what a night

  3. Is that true? Does Judge always do – that?

    But yes, Brian’s right, it’s still ridiculous. if that IS legal, everyone should start sliding with their hand up where the throw goes… and once they’ve established that as their “natural slide,” then they can smack the ball away when they sense a game is really on the line.

  4. “But whatever, they still only needed to get one out without giving up seven runs, and they couldn’t do it, so that’s on them.”

    Thinking back…
    Which was always the proper response to the Jeffery Maier home run. Yes, of course it was the wrong call. But it wasn’t a walk-off home run, and it didn’t even give the Yankees the lead – it tied the game in the eighth inning.
    Not to mention that it was only game 1. Yes, it was the wrong call. Does that mean it’s not your fault you didn’t outplay the opponent from that point on, from a tie score in game one – either in the rest of game 1, or in the series as a whole?

  5. I was taught to slide hands up as far back as little league. The point being that it presents an obstacle for the SS/2B to throw around and maybe break up the double play.

    1. Yes. But Fletcher reacted to the fact that Judge moved his hand after he’d raised it

    2. I get it, but that would take some super human reflexes. Which, Judge, yes, has great reflexes, but not to that degree. Being 6’7/6’8″ makes it a little more likely to disrupt a throw, but it’s still super rare.

      The idea is that the hands up balances you and keeps you from injuring your hands, but disrupting the double play has always been intentional.
      https://www.wikihow.com/Perform-a-Baseball-Slide

      https://www.bridgemanimages.com/en-US/noartistknown/red-sox-frye-turns-double-play-against-texas-rangers-2000-04-26-photo/photograph/asset/8001052

    3. As the Brewers manager noted, it wasn’t that Judge thought it would actually work, but rather that he moved his (heavily protected) hand in the HOPES that it might work. The crew chief said after the game that Judge moving his hand was enough to call interference.

    1. 1.275 OPS over the last 12 games, .900+ OPS on the seasons. It looks like he doesn’t need to be in AA and should be getting AAA reps.

    1. I tried, but the system hates your comment so much that I am unable to approve it (or I don’t have those rights).

  6. First career game in left
    A Volpe (R) SS
    J Soto (L) RF
    A Judge (R) LF
    A Rizzo (L) 1B
    G Stanton (R) DH
    A Wells (L) C
    G Torres (R) 2B
    O Cabrera (S) 3B
    T Grisham (L) CF

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