Nothing beats the atmosphere of baseball chasing a home run, Aaron JudgeThursday’s Adventure showed all that and more.
Appearing in the Boston game Red Sox With 60 home runs in a year and needing one more to match Roger Maris for the longstanding American League record, the judges didn’t have much of an opportunity to make history. Despite saying he would “attack” the judges as usual, the MVP candidate was walked in three of his first four plate appearances.
The judges’ best chance came in a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning against Red Sox reliever Matt Burns. .
Five pitches in, on a 2-2 count, the judges smashed a lofted fastball that immediately sent a roar through Yankee Stadium. Fox’s broadcast certainly thought he hit a home run. The camera clearly showed an angle that meant a home run.
Unfortunately, Albert ended the call with “Buuut Hernandez is there.” The ball landed in Quique Hernandez’s glove just a few feet short of the centerfield wall.
MLB Statcast numbers show fans had reason to get excited. The judge hit the ball with an exit velocity of 113.0 mph and saw it travel 404 feet. It was the hardest hit ball of the night and the longest hit ball in a game that saw two actual home runs.
Unfortunately, the judges just happened to hit the ball in the deepest part of the ballpark, so history will have to wait at least one more day. Friday was spent exclusively within Apple TV+.
Judges’ next chance to tie Maris is Friday at 7 PM ET. He would have a platoon advantage against Red his Sox starter southpaw Rich Hill.