Where to watch Yankees slugger Aaron Judge chase the AL home run record


The New York Yankees outfielder is on pace for the most home runs in American League history as he hits 60 for the season. The current record is 61, which was set in 1961 by another Yankees outfielder, Roger Maris. (The overall single-season record is 73 by San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds. That record was set in the National League in 2001).

On Friday night, Game 2 of the series between the Yankees and their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox, will air at 7:00 PM on Apple TV+’s “Friday Night Baseball,” free to anyone with Internet access.

Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence, Katie Nolan and Heidi Watney will call the game. However, reports have suggested that Michael Kay, the Yankees’ regional broadcaster for the YES sports network, may also join the booth for what could be a historic moment.
In fact, fans were able to watch two historic home runs on Apple TV+ on Friday night, as the service brought St. Because it also has exclusive rights to the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, the second of the double, Cardinals outfielder Albert Pujols hit his 700th career home run. It is currently at 698.
While the broadcast schedule can be confusing, Friday night is a big time Apple (AAPL) and Major League Baseball.

For Apple, Judge’s historic moment could bring fans to the streaming service for the first time. Will this lead to more paid signups for the service? It’s unclear, but it’s a great promotional tool for Apple as it tries to grow its streaming efforts.

As for MLB, streaming more games helps the league reach a potentially younger audience. Traditional television remains the king of live sports, but if streaming is the future, it’s only fitting that MLB future-proof its product by being on digital services. That’s why baseball has made deals with platforms like NBC’s Peacock and YouTube to show games.

The challenge is that baseball is a very traditional sport that has been around for over a century, so any change—even a small one—can be shocking to the system for fans. This is especially true for older baseball viewers who may not know how to use digital services like Apple TV+, or may not have Internet access to access them.

But if Judge doesn’t break the record Friday night, viewers have a chance to see him do it the old-fashioned way several times this weekend.

Game 3 of the New York/Boston series will air Saturday at 1:00 PM on MLB Network, the league’s cable channel, unless you’re in New York or Boston, where the game will air on the team’s regional sports networks. Game 4 then airs Sunday on ESPN and ESPN 2 at 7:00 PM ET on “Sunday Night Baseball.”