Aaron Judge chases Roger Maris' American League record 61 home runs as Yankees face Red Sox
CNN —The New York Yankees are hosting their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in the Bronx for the second game of their four-game home series, but for once, the rivalry takes a back seat as Aaron Judge looks to equal Roger Maris’ American League and Yankees single-season record of 61 home runs.
On Thursday, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 to seal their spot in the 2022 postseason, but that achievement was overshadowed by Judge and his pursuit of greatness.
The slugger’s connection looked destined to reach the center field netting, but dropped just short into the glove of Kiké Hernández.
Just missed it.”Judge missed out on equaling Maris' record in the first game of the Yankees' four-game series against the Red Sox.
Sarah Stier/Getty ImagesWith the Yankees qualified for the postseason and the Red Sox having nothing to play for in the season other than pride, Judge will take center stage as he pursues an amazing accomplishment.
The 30-year-old has already matched Babe Ruth’s total from over 90 years ago and could level – or surpass – Maris’ 67-year-old record, sealing his spot among the all-time batting greats.
“I keep saying over and over, Aaron Judge; everyone should just watch and take notice,” Yankees head coach Aaron Boone said earlier this week after Judge hit his 60th HR.
I’m a lifelong @RedSox fan, but it’s still a thrill to watch Aaron Judge (@thejudge44) chase Maris’ home run record.
“[The] AL record is 61, so that is one I can kind of try to go after.
Judge has clear leads in home runs and RBIs in the American League.
Despite his humble demeanor, Judge is on the verge of becoming a true New York Yankee great with this season’s historic offensive performance.
I got to believe it’s right there with some of the best very short list of all-time seasons.”