New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was upset after his two-home run performance against the Baltimore Orioles. Why? Because he should’ve had three.
Judge hit two home runs and had four hits overall in a game the Yankees won, 5-4. Overall, it was a successful performance and one that Judge surely will relish over the course of a long season, which typically has plenty of ups and downs.
New York is on a high right now — there’s little doubt about that. Judge leads the league in home runs and feels as though he had one stolen from him.
“It’s a travesty, man. I’m pretty upset,” Judge said, per Bryan Hoch. “It just looks like a Create-A-Park now.”
Judge is referring to the above double, which would’ve been a home run on 29 out of 30 ballparks. The Orioles padded the left-field fence a bit this past offseason in a planned renovation, and added several feet to it as well. As you can see, it makes hitting home runs over the left field wall far tougher.
Yankees: Does Aaron Judge have a right to be upset?
In the heat of the moment, we can understand why Judge was upset. He’s feeling himself right now, and adding to that home run total will only increase the amount of money the Yankees — or perhaps another suitor — will pay him after the season is over. We get all of that.
However, the Yanks slugger ought to take a look in the mirror. This is the same team that features that short porch in its home stadium in right field. That’s not exactly fair play, either, and Judge comes off sounding a lot like Chris Woodward did just a few short weeks ago.
And I blasted him, too.
Judge and the rest of baseball are forced to play within the parameters of the ballparks they visit. A two-home run, four-hit performance is plenty enough to add to his MVP resume. A third homer would’ve been nice, but surely was not necessary.