Aaron Judge, for now, the latest in a long line not to go down in Red Sox history


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Despite going 86 years without a title, the Red Sox have had very few opponents who have reached a milestone against them.

Aaron Judge’s skyscraper fell just yards from the center field net at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. Sarah Stier/Getty Images

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Always fun to see the old Trupiano camera make an appearance, as the Red Sox dodge historic notoriety for one more day.

When Aaron Judge threw a 2-and-2 fastball in the ninth inning off Matt Barnes into the skies of the Bronx on Thursday night, it should have been a home run. It’s not partisanship, it’s precedent: batted balls so hard, so high have almost always been monster circuits in this era where we can quantify such things.

Alas, a guy whose previous 60s were largely devoid of Yankee Stadium cheapos — only two of Judge’s homers have been Bronx-only jobs — made his second 400-footer of the year. The other also came against the Red Sox: remember Kiké Hernández’s leaping catch at the wall on opening weekend?

The license plate camera didn’t fly to the stratosphere that day to track the ball, because it wasn’t flying to number 61. Thus, Thursday’s fakeout that ignited social media. The Trupiano, as I call it, a reference to NESN’s habit of occasionally firing the thing on flying bullets at the monster, and Joe Castiglione’s longtime colored man who roared “way back, WAY BACK” on its fair share of track outs.

(John Sterling of New York was not fooled Thursday, in a moderate surprise.)

And so the chase continues through Friday, where Apple TV+’s bizarre advanced stats broadcast presentation mixed with the “you’ve never seen a baseball game before” energy might give us the angle. launch of Judge’s record explosion just before explaining what Monument Park is.

Honestly, I hope Judge does it this weekend. He will get there. See you on the biggest stage, against your rival. (And the team you’re going to sign with this winter, shouted a corner of the internet!)

The Red Sox are one hell of a longtime player in history. Perhaps because it happens relatively rarely.

The immediate jump goes to Roger Maris, whose 1961 61st homer beat the Red Sox and rookie Tracy Stallard in the season finale. Dan Shaughnessy went into a lot of detail in the World earlier in the week, but I’ll add one more: Maris’ 61st came on his second at bat of the game. In his first, he hit a left shot that rookie Carl Yastrzemski just knocked down.

“If he had been gotten by Yaz, it would have been an inside-the-park home run because Maris is one of the fastest men in the Yankees,” wrote the Globe’s Bob Holbrook in his game account, with a quote from Yankees manager Ralph Houk that “they would’ve argued about it for years.”

Try to imagine Aaron Judge making No. 61 or 62 an inside-the-parker. Good luck.

My mind also jumps to the end of the 2001 exercisable season and Mike Mussina’s near-perfect game at Fenway Park as the Joe Kerrigan experience circled the bowl. That it was Carl Everett, on a bloop single. . . even in the moment, it felt like shooting the Red Sox was the move that night.

This, however, allowed the Red Sox to avoid being the foil in one of MLB’s perfect 23 games.

There have been many in the history of the franchise. A story which, spread over more than 120 years, is almost always that manufacturing individual history.

The Red Sox have never given up a 500th home run, and have only given up a 3,000th hit once – Ty Cobb’s in 1921, when baseball game radio broadcasts were a novelty and Newspaper accounts in Boston and Detroit the next day did not ‘not so much as note the honor.

The Sox have been hit just 12 times, and only twice since Dave Righetti’s July 4 gem in 1983. Heck, the Rays were hitless three times in a calendar year in 2009-10, a streak that also won them a division title.

Boston’s weaknesses are more team-centric, as you well know. When the Sox lose a World Series, they lose it in style. But moments like what Judge is about to do are largely not part of their story.

Three more days to prevent Judge from writing another chapter against them.



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