In the realm of baseball, the New York Yankees’ powerhouse, Aaron Judge, and the reigning AL MVP, etched his name further into franchise history on a Friday evening. Judge, with his mighty bat, dispatched three towering home runs, propelling his team to victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks (NYY 7, ARI 1). This remarkable feat etches his name as the first player in Yankees’ annals to boast multiple instances of three-homer games in a single season. A similar spectacle unfolded on August 23 when he hammered three homers against the Washington Nationals.
In awe of this accomplishment, Judge shared his sentiments with MLB.com, expressing, “It’s truly incredible. When you look at the illustrious list of players who have graced this hallowed ground and the retired numbers adorning the stadium, I’m simply focused on executing my role. I found myself in favorable counts, and my teammates ahead of me were adept at reaching base, thereby sowing chaos among the opponents. I’m elated to contribute to this triumph.”
Below, you’ll find a detailed account of Judge’s extraordinary three-homer night at the revered Yankee Stadium. Worth noting is the fact that he remained on deck during the ninth inning, thwarted in his quest for a fourth home run.
Judge’s achievement now enrolls him as the 24th player to record multiple three-homer games within a single season, with Jesse Winker being the most recent to achieve this feat in 2021. Furthermore, he joins the exclusive club of Yankees with more than one three-homer game throughout their careers. Among these luminaries, Lou Gehrig stands tall with four such games, while Joe DiMaggio and Alex Rodriguez each boast three. Tony Lazzeri and Bobby Murcer have their own share with two apiece, and Judge has now notched up two as well, both occurring within this current season.
Friday’s dazzling display elevates Judge’s tally to 35 home runs, an achievement realized in just 100 games played this season. It’s worth mentioning that he was sidelined for 43 games due to a toe injury earlier this year, a result of a harrowing collision with the Dodger Stadium wall on June 3. Remarkably, he continues to take the field despite a torn ligament. Even with the considerable time missed, Judge remains within striking distance of achieving the coveted 40-home run mark this season.
Statistically, Judge boasts an impressive .267/.401/.609 batting line, a testament to his resilience around the lingering toe injury. In the American League, he currently stands third in the rankings for home runs and sixth for walks drawn. Regrettably, the Yankees, with a record of 78-76 this season, face imminent elimination from postseason contention in the coming days.
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