Aaron Judge reveals Derek Jeter's role during free agency


Aaron Judge is now the first Yankee captain since Derek Jeter, an honor that was bestowed upon the Bombers superstar when he was reintroduced after signing his nine-year deal, with Jeter in attendance.

“You always dream about something like that, getting an opportunity to represent the Yankees and be the captain,” Judge told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Monday night. “I didn’t think it would ever happen.”

Judge also revealed to Fallon that he and Jeter had talked during Judge’s free agency, and Jeter took Judge out for a bite to eat and to offer his advice and experience in free agency, which also led to frustration with the front office publicly disclosing details of the negotiations, but an eventual return to the only franchise he had ever known.

“I talked to him a little bit,” Judge said. “Throughout the free agency process, we talked. Really asked about his advice, what it was like for him through the arbitration process and free agency. He said ‘You know what, I’ll take you out for lunch and we’ll talk about a couple things.’”

Judge also said that Jeter did add one wrinkle to the lunch date.

“But after I signed my deal, he said, ‘Well, now you’re gonna take me out for breakfast, lunch and dinner!’” Judge said.

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