Fenway Park is one of the most historic ballparks in the US, and it saw even more history on Tuesday when Aaron Judge hit his 56th and 57th homers of the 2022 season to lead the New York Yankees to a 7-6 win over the bitter rivals. Boston Red Sox team.
With these last two home runs, Judge moved closer to immortalizing his season in Yankees history, along with Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927 and Roger Maris’ record 61 in 1961, which also stood as an American League record for 61 years.
Judge’s first homer of the night Tuesday — a 383-foot drive to right-center field — tied the game at three in the third inning.
His next one was even bigger, as he launched a 389-yard high ball into deep left field and into the stands to tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth.
“You really don’t look at him. If you check the numbers, you’ll get caught,” the judge later said, according to ESPN.
“I just keep trying to do what I can, and the numbers will take care of themselves. If I have a good plan and I have a good approach, what I need to do in the box, all those other things will show up.”
In addition to Maris’ American League record, several other Judge milestones can now be seen.
He is one home run short of tying the AL record for right-handed hitters, currently held by Hank Greenberg (1938) and Jimmie Foxx (1932); now has 20 more home runs this season than the next highest total in MLB – the first time such a gap has existed since the final day of the 1928 season; and hit his 10th multi-hit game of the season on Tuesday, one shy of a major league record 11.
“I’m out of adjectives. Very impressive,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, according to ESPN. “Get one out the other way, and then get it [Red Sox pitcher Garrett] Breaking ball Whitlock, he’s getting the balls really well… So in good position to hit and so strong, and he puts the bat in place for so long to get out that he takes a good chunk and puts it in the light. stand up It’s just amazing what he’s doing.”
If Judge is able to finish the season with 65 homers (they would need one per 2.5 games), it would be the fifth 65-plus home run season in MLB history.
The most in a single season was held by Barry Bonds in 2001 when he finished with 73.