Roger Maris Jr. got to speak with Aaron Judge after Judge tied his father’s illustrious franchise record, and had just one question for him.
“I just asked him why he waited so long and made me drive around the country,” Maris Jr. said.
When asked a question about Judge’s standing in baseball history, Maris Jr. said that Judge should be recognized by Major League Baseball as the true home run king if he gets to 62, declaring Judge did it “clean.”
“I think it means a lot for a lot of people,” Maris Jr. said. “He’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the right way. I think it gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs, and not just as a guy who did it in the American League. He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ. That's really who he is if he hits 62.
“I think that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball needs to do something.”
Of course, Judge needs to get that final home run first, but Maris Jr. doesn’t think it will be long before they’re talking about 62.
“I don't think it's gonna take very long,” he said. “I think he’s loose…you can tell he’s back. I think it’ll happen in New York.”
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