Aaron Judge He may have hit an American League-record 62 home runs in the regular season, but it wasn’t worth it to Yankee Stadium fans on Friday.
The Yankees lost Cleveland Guardians 4-2 in Game 2 of the ALDS, the evening series heads to Cleveland. A week ago baseball’s beloved umpire posted a golden sombrero with four strikeouts on an 0-for-5 night.
The performance came after Judge went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Game 1. It was his fourth career four-strikeout game in the postseason, the most by any player in MLB history. ESPN.
As he returns to the dugout after his last strikeout against a Guardians reliever Trevor Stephen, Judge heard a few boos, a sound reserved only for pitchers who walked him last month. When asked about treatment after the game, he admitted that he needed to play better.
“It’s going to happen. It’s happened so many times here in my career. There’s nothing I can do. I just have to play better. That’s what it comes down to. Didn’t get the job done tonight, especially as a leadoff hitter. I’ve got to step up. Make something happen on the bases, on the basepaths, and I didn’t do that tonight.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s rant was even more direct:
Aaron Judge’s last home game at Yankee Stadium?
With the best-of-5 series tied 1-1 and the Guardians two wins away from closing out the ALDS, Judge raised the prospect of playing his last game as a member of the Yankees before heading to Yankee Stadium. .
Many baseball fans know that the MVP frontrunner is a free agent after this season. He’s a lock to land a mega-contract, but whether or not that deal comes from the Yankees remains to be seen. It’s hard for the club to imagine Judge playing anywhere else, but suddenly there’s a very real possibility that Judge’s home career at Yankee Stadium could end on a very ugly note.