Aaron Judge’s shot in Tour history was short-lived

Aaron Judge came within yards of history on Thursday night at the stadium.

With the score tied at four in the bottom of the ninth, Judge had a chance for a record 61st home run and MLB-leading fifth hit of the season.

With fans chanting “MVP!” All the way through Yankee Stadium, Judge took on Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes and found his ground on a 2-2, 95.8 MPH four-seam fastball.

Aaron Judge came just before the story in his final at-bat on Thursday.
Roger Maris' kids watch AAron Judge's flyout.
Roger Maris’ sons and daughter watched closely as Aaron Judge edged closer to tying their father’s record

At the innings break, fans rose from their seats, cameras flashed and everyone braced for a historic moment.

It was high. It was far. Only, it shouldn’t be.

“Aaron Judge… center field… a long time ago… Kiké Hernandez is here,” Fox player Adam Amin said on the national broadcast.

At 404 feet, Judge’s drive would have been a home run in 13 MLB baseball diamonds. At 113 MPH on the tee with a 35 degree launch angle, it was the hardest hit ball of the night.

“He hooked right up to the wall in Monument Park,” WFAN’s John Sterling said on air.

According MLB Metrics, 19 players hit a ball at at least 180 km/h with a launch angle between 33 and 37 degrees. Judge’s was the first not to leave the field.

Among those elated at the moment were members of Roger Maris’ family, the Yankees and the American League single-season home run holder. They watched closely as Hernandez gloved Judge’s attempt.

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The Yankees retired late in the 10th – clinching a playoff berth with the 5-4 victory – although Judge, who finished the night 0 for 2 with three walks and one strikeout, continues his quest to 61.

Judge will get his next shot on Friday against Rich Hill and the Red Sox in a game that will controversially air on Apple TV.

New York Post

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