Sunday, October 1, 2017
Aaron Judge eclipsed Babe Ruth’s 96-year-old record for the most roundtrippers hit at home by a Yankees player, and CC Sabathia walked off to a standing ovation on Saturday at Yankee Stadium as New York defeated the Blue Jays, 2-1, in its penultimate game of the regular season.
Judge’s 484-foot blast, according to Statcast™, off Marcus Stroman was his American League-leading 52nd homer and the rookie’s 33rd in the Bronx this season. Ruth hit 32 home runs just across the Harlem River in 1921, when the Yankees still called the Polo Grounds home.
“It’s incredible. I’ve never played for a team like this,” Judge said. “Everyone gets along. We’re always competing. We’re always having fun. That’s what championship teams are made of, so I’m excited for what’s going to happen here in the postseason.”
Making what could be his final regular-season start in pinstripes, Sabathia started in place of Jaime Garcia and blanked Toronto on four hits over 5 2/3 stellar innings, but the Red Sox defeated the Astros at Fenway Park to clinch their second straight AL East title.
What a home run by Judge!
Oh well, now I sort of really need either the Yankees to lose tomorrow or the Red Sox to win, just so that Tampa Bay game won’t stick in the craw so much.
Man, this Tuesday loss is going to hurt so bad. Severino against a whole lineup of lefties? Could be worrisome…