Aaron Judge reacts to making Yankees history with 61st home run: 'Definitely some relief'


Now that the chase is over and he has reached the iconic mark of 61, Aaron Judge can finally admit that there is a little weight off of his shoulders.

“Definitely some relief,” Judge said after tying Roger Maris, and, more importantly to him, another Yankee win. “Getting to 61, you try not to think about it, but it creeps into your head.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for Judge to revert back to his typical self, talking about how the home run helped the team much more than the historic impact it had.

“Getting a chance to do it in a Yankee win, especially on a night when Gerrit Cole ties the all-time single-season strikeout record, that’s a pretty special day,” Judge said.

“I was hoping it got over the fence. I didn’t know at first. I didn’t want to be standing at home plate when it hits the wall. But it’s an incredible honor. There was a lot of emotions. It took me a little longer than I wanted to, but getting a chance to add two runs on the board and help Gerrit get another win, that’s something special.”

Judge also didn’t have to worry about getting the ball back, as it landed in the Blue Jays bullpen, where closer Jordan Romano was waiting, and happily gave it to the Yankees to save for Judge.

“We got it,” Judge said. “Our equipment manager got it locked up for us. Luckily I hit it into the Blue Jays bullpen. What I heard from our bullpen guys, Romano was the guy that grabbed it and handed it over. Getting that kind of support, a class act move from him. He’s one of the best in the game. Definitely means a lot. I gotta find him and thank him, that’s for sure.”

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