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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees runs the bases as he hits his 61st home run of the season in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 28, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Judge has now tied Roger Maris for the American League record. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris with home run number 61 last night in Toronto.

Six games after tying Babe Ruth with 60 home runs, Judge finally got around on a pitch in the top of the seventh inning — in a game that was tied at three — and crushed it into the bullpen in left. Not only was it the home run that tied Judge with Roger Maris for the most home runs by an American League hitter and a Yankee in a single season, it gave New York a 5-3 lead.

The Yankees would win 8-3.

But this was all about Judge and his pursuit of history.

“When I hit it, I thought I got enough, but it’s been a couple of games since I did that,” Judge said.

Judge’s mother was seated next to Roger Maris Jr. The two of them embraced. Later Judge and Maris Jr. met after the game to talk about it.

“As soon as he hit it I was like ‘OK, that’s gone,'” Maris Jr. said. “Then it was just a matter of enjoying him run the bases and giving his mom a big old hug and just enjoying the moment.”

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