New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge sent social media into a panic on Thursday afternoon through no fault of his own.
Aaron Judge will be a free agent this offseason, and there’s no guarantee he’ll stay with the Yankees.
General manager Brian Cashman offered Judge a seven-year, $213.5 million contract before the start of the season. Judge turned that offer down, thus betting on himself in hopes of receiving more money from New York or another potential suitor in free agency.
It’s safe to say he proved himself quite valuable and then some. Judge nearly secured the triple crown, slashing .311/.425/.686 with 62 home runs and 131 RBIs. It was a historic campaign — one in which he set the single-season home run record in the American League, passing Roger Maris in the process.
Aaron Judge sends Yankees fans into a panic by doing nothing at all
Aaron Judge did nothing — I repeat, nothing at all — on social media Thursday night. Yet, despite all that, fans were concerned by a supposed action. Let me explain.
A Twitter user discovered Judge wasn’t following the Yankees on Instagram, assuming that meant the star outfielder scrubbed his social media of references to his former team.
Yet, Judge never followed the Yanks in the first place, per Talkin Yanks. Oh, the offseason. How we’ve missed you.
The MLB offseason is a long one, and even by staying silent Judge can make a bold statement. In this case, though, it’s a giant nothing burger.
For many New York sports fans, their most recent memory of Judge in pinstripes was a negative one. Players were taken aback as to how Judge was treated in the ALCS against the Houston Astros, per SNY’s Andy Martino:
"“More than one Yankee player has told his agent this week that playing at the stadium last weekend was an unusually brutal experience. It was hard for many teammates to believe that fans booed [Aaron] Judge. Even a difficult person and underperformer like Josh Donaldson was turned into a somewhat sympathetic figure internally by the force of the jeering.”"
Yes, Judge hit under .200 in the postseason, and was one of several disappointing aspects to the Yankees postseason. He’s far from the only problem.
Who knows if he’ll be part of Cashman’s supposed solution.