Aaron Judge is moving closer to Roger Maris, but first he had to tie the Babe.
With the Yankees trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 in the ninth inning, Judge launched his 60th home run of the year into the bleachers in left. He is the sixth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a single season, joining the likes of Maris, Babe Ruth, and steroid users Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa. Ironically the home run comes hours after fans were chanting “We want 60.” Judge obliged.
Take a bow, Aaron Judge!! Home run No. 60 in all of its glory! pic.twitter.com/9f3F853npk— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 21, 2022
“To get a chance to play baseball at Yankee Stadium, packed house, first-place team, that’s what you dream about,” Judge said. “I love every second of it. Even when we were down, you don’t like losing, but I knew top of the lineup coming up, we got a shot to come back here and do something special. I’m trying to enjoy it all, soak it all in, but I know I still got a job to do out on the field every single day.”
Of course Judge wasn’t the only headliner of the night. Giancarlo Stanton had something to say about his teammates record setting home run pace by blasting a game-winning grand slam home run to send Yankees Stadium into pandemonium.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? GIANCARLO STANTON WALKS IT OFF!!! pic.twitter.com/ykPStxQqx0— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 21, 2022