ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ American League record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard.
The long chase to top a mark set in 1961 ended when the 30-year-old Yankees slugger drove a 1-1 slider from Texas right-hander Jesús Tinoco into the first row of seats in left field leading off the second game of New York’s day-night doubleheader.
After No. 99 took a smooth, mighty swing, he had a wide smile on his face as he rounded the bases and his Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout to celebrate with him. They stayed away from home plate, letting Judge step on it before sharing hugs and high-fives.
Barry Bonds holds the major league record of 73 home runs, set with the San Francisco Giants in 2001.
Judge’s mother and father were in the stands to see him end a five-game homerless streak, including Game 1 of the doubleheader when he was 1 for 5 with a single.
The ball was caught by Cory Youmans of Dallas, who was sitting in Section 31. When asked what he was going to do with the ball while being taken away with security to have the ball authenticated, Youmans responded, “Good question. I haven’t thought about it.”
Another fan was escorted away after leaping over the rail into a gap between the seats and the left-field wall.
It’s official: Aaron Judge has entered the baseball record books. With his 62nd homer today, he has surpassed Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, and every other Yankees (and American League) legend to precede him. This 2022 campaign will never be forgotten, and for good reason. The man is unbelievable.
BreakingT has a number of t-shirts available to celebrate Judge if you have any interest! They’ve added a quartet of shirts to their collection. If I were to pick one of the four, it would probably be the one of Judge on the Iron Throne of bats, simply because I am a longtime shill for this Westerosi nonsense, but there’s a pretty good selection here. Take your pick and make your friends jealous that they don’t love Judge as much as you do!