Aaron Judge adds home runs No. 56 & 57 in his pursuit of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris in Yankees lore
Fenway Park is one of the US’ most historic ballparks, and it witnessed even more history on Tuesday as Aaron Judge hit his 56th and 57th homers of the 2022 season, guiding the New York Yankees to a 7-6 win against their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox.
With these most recent two grand slams, Judge edged nearer to deifying his season in Yankees legend close by Darling Ruth’s 60 homers in 1927 and Roger Maris’ record 61 out of 1961, which has additionally remained as the American Association record for a considerable length of time.
Judge’s first homer of Tuesday night – a 383-foot drive through the right-center field – tied the game at three in the third inning.
His next one was significantly greater, as he impacted a high ball 389 feet through to profound left field and into the stands to tie the game at 4-4 in the 6th.
“You really just don’t look at it. If you’re checking the numbers, you’re gonna get caught,” Judge said afterwards, according to ESPN.
“I just keep trying to do what I can do, and the numbers will take care of themselves. If I have a good plan and have a good approach, do what I need to do in the box, all that other stuff will show up.”
The Yankees have opened up a six-game lead in the AL East.
As well as Maris’ American League record, Judge is now within sight of several other landmarks.
He is one homer short of tying the AL record for right-handed hitters, currently held by Hank Greenberg (1938) and Jimmie Foxx (1932); has now notched up 20 more home runs than the next highest total in the MLB this season –whenever such a hole first has existed since the last day of the 1928 season; and accomplished his tenth multi-homer round of the time on Tuesday, only one behind the significant association record of 11.
“I’m out of adjectives. Just really impressive,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, according to ESPN. “To take one out the other way, and then get [Red Sox pitcher Garrett] Whitlock on a breaking ball, he’s riding balls out so well… Just in such good hitting position and so strong and lays the bat in the zone to ride it out so long that he gets a good piece of it and puts it up in the light stand. Just amazing what he’s doing.”
Assuming Adjudicator can complete the season with 65 homers – which would require one every 2.5 games – it would be the fifth 65 or more homer season in MLB history.
The most ever in a single season was by Barry Bonds in 2001 when he finished with 73.