Waiting for Aaron Judge is actually fun

by Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist

It doesn’t look like it right now, in the warped timeline that takes over when everyone expects it MLB History, but that’s a good thing.

As bats that do not run at home are turning into toys without running at home Aaron Judgethen in a period of no-eat days long enough now that one writer would dare call it dehydration, baseball should smile the longer it goes on.

Judge, mountain man of slugs for New York Yankeesset to 60 dingers for the past week, spanned six games and 26 trips to the plate, while spawning a temporary fix for how the nation views baseball.

America is waiting at 61, to tie the judge with NBA record holder Roger Maris, and for 62, to take him to the top on his own, meaning the only men above him are those whose records came during the peak of the athletic steroid. era.

It’s officially time to wait now, especially when you consider that Judge shot positively from 50 to 60 in just a three-week period.

But it is also glorious.

Aaron Judge chasing history and the Triple Crown

Aaron Judge chasing history and the Triple Crown

Ben Verlander and Alex Curry broke the Yankees champion’s historic season.

With the eyeballs of millions turned to diamond weeks before the typical surge of post-season interest, they got a treat, led by the man who put together a brutally powerful masterpiece for the campaign.

In order to get a slice of posterity, they had to watch all aspects of Judge, the winning star first, the first team trying to be the strongest common man, whose personal measure of success while under the microscope was the same as always – whether the Yankees won or not.

They did that, last week, throughout their stand-up home run that has racked up five straight wins. And it must be said, when there was a completely different atmosphere than Yankee Stadium.

“The rest of the game worked to provide suspense for these four or five moments of the night,” wrote Stephanie Epstein of Sports Illustrated. “When the other seventeen hitters were at bat, the people chatted with their neighbors, ate sausages, and cheered half-heartedly. But whenever the judge appeared, it all stopped.

“The crowd got up as he left the circle on the deck, and rushed out as he digs into the batter box.”

Although no balls have come out of the garden from his clubbing racket since September 20, he’s only been slowing by those criteria. The judge, The Triple Crown chaser, has had a rule on half of his visits since he last went to the yard, walked a lot (on purpose and otherwise), smoked singles and doubled harshly from the top of the rankings.

He’s the man, now, that makes the Yankees so beloved. Wait, scratch that, he’s the lovable guy despite of Playing for the Yankees – that’s even better – and playing his way to a potential AL MVP award.

He is likable enough that fans of the teams he plays against root him to connect with one of them. Lovely enough that the unthinkable happened this past weekend. With the leadership of New York hated rival Bostona group of Yankees fans began jokingly chanting “Let’s go Red Sox,” because the revival was the only way the judge would get another racket, and another shot at the Maris tag.

Judge’s parents and Maris family members were on hand, waiting, like everyone else, and yet the player himself seemed to be less indulged in nonsense than anyone else. Perhaps it is the product of getting used to the glow of New York. Maybe it just is.

Ken Rosenthal talking to the Maris family

Ken Rosenthal talking to the Maris family

Ken Rosenthal talks to the kids of Yankees legend Roger Maris about Aaron Judge’s hunt for an AL record in one season.

“You can’t even notice that he’s about to hit his home number 61,” his teammate Nestor Cortes to reporters. “Inside the club, behind the scenes, he’s the same guy, and that’s what makes him so special.”

Soon enough, we suppose, the record will be gone. Normal life will resume. Postseason will be here and talk of title preference will prevail.

The Yankees have been out of that conversation for a while during a severe midsummer slump. They are now 94-59 and have a chance to snatch AL East against Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. Judge consistency lasted long enough to make a turn.

The HR mark that Barry Bonds kept wasn’t at all serious, which means that if the fire had gone up quickly to 62, the noise would have been loud, but relatively short.

Instead, his team is at bat watching the rendezvous, and while not hitting the one thing everyone wants to watch, he has shown the best he is as a person, and what he is like as a player.

The wait, frustrated, angry, interesting all along, was really cool.

However, the end of the season is approaching. We are, of course, impatient animals. Now it’s time for 61 – and more.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @MRogersFOX And the Subscribe to our daily newsletter.


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