Aaron Judge has kept the focus on the team throughout his chase for Yankee home run history, but after hitting No. 61 on Wednesday night, he gave himself a rare chance to take in the company he just made atop the franchise record books.
“To be associated with one of the Yankee greats and one of baseball’s greats, and to be enshrined with him forever, words can’t describe it,” Judge said of being linked with Roger Maris.
“That’s one thing that’s so special about the Yankees organization: all the guys that came before us and played the game the right way, did things the right way and did a lot of great things in this game. Getting a chance to be mentioned with those guys now, I can’t even describe it. It’s an incredible honor, that’s for sure.”
Roger Maris Jr. was in attendance in Toronto for Judge’s 61st home run, providing a direct link to the history that Judge just tied, and offering another opportunity to reflect on the feat he just accomplished, even if he is typically much more concerned about team accomplishments.
“He really was just congratulating me, saying he had a chance to spend a lot of time with my family and get a chance to meet them, and just had a lot of great words to say,” Judge said of his conversation with Maris Jr. “I just thanked him and told him that an honor it was, and getting a chance to be associated with his father, it’s something you dream about.”
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