“Slide over Babe, you’ve got some company!” With Aaron Judge ripping his 60th home run in the 9th inning on September 20th, he joins good company as he tied Babe Ruth with the most home runs in a single season. It was one of the greatest innings in Yankee History as Giancarlo Stanton hit a walk-off grand slam following Aaron Judge’s 60th blast. The Yankees covered a five-run deficit in the ninth to stun the Pittsburg Pirates 9-8.
Aaron Judge is now just one home run shy from tying the American League home run record. The record is currently held by former Yankee legend, Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs back in 1961. Judge is in a comfortable position as there are still 15 games left in the season. The Yankees final stretch is filled with several division rivals like the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles. Although the Yankees lead the division, every game is crucial as the Blue Jays are just 4.5 games behind and the Rays are only 6.5. However, history may repeat itself as Roger Maris hit his 61st home run against the Red Sox, and Judge’s next opponent is Boston. The Yankees will take on the Red Sox in a four-game set in the Bronx. If tickets for a Yankees-Red Sox game weren’t expensive enough, tickets in left field are now going for over $200. Aside from home runs, Aaron Judge’s offensive production is remarkable. Aaron Judge is now the leader for the triple crown with a .316 AVG, 60 HR, and 128 RBIs.
60 homers and now the leader in all Triple Crown categories. 👀
— MLB (@MLB) September 21, 2022
While many went berserk over Aaron Judge’s 60th, Judge remained humble and refused to make the night all about him. Judge was asked in the postgame press conference of what his initial reaction was after hitting No. 60. His response was “I wish I would’ve done it with the bases loaded earlier in the game!” The overwhelming response from the media was praise for Judge’s devotion to his team. Judge solidified this feeling when celebrating the win on his own social media platforms. Judge posted a slideshow on Instagram of photos and film from the game. However, the first slide of his post was Giancarlo Stanton’s walk off grand slam. Even with Judge’s historic night, he acknowledges his teammates success before his own. Aaron Judge has earned respect both on and off the field.