“We want Judge! We want Judge!”
The Yankees weren’t playing at home on Wednesday, but that is indeed the chant that broke out in the ninth inning of their 4-2 loss to the Rangers, fans at Globe Life Field chanting for one more at-bat for the new American League home run king, who left Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader after two at-bats and sat out the finale after 55 straight games started.
It wouldn’t have mattered on the chase for a batting title, as Luis Arraez finished at .316 after going 1-for-1 with two walks in Minnesota’s finale, but clearly, the fans in Arlington wanted Judge to have one more curtain call.
“Yeah, I talked to skip (Aaron Boone last night) and made my case,” Judge said after the game when asked about the chant, “but he said I was down, so I was down.”
Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season leading off Tuesday’s Game 2, then grounded out in the second inning in what went down as his final plate appearance of the year. He took his spot in right field in the bottom of the inning, but was removed from the field to an ovation from the crowd.
Unfortunately, there was no chance it was happening again Wednesday.
“Yeah, I said go get him ready, that’s what they want,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone joked when asked about the chant before giving his real answer: “Yeah, not today. He got plenty of them all year, and hopefully we have a lot more to come in the postseason.”
But, even with the day off after most of a night off, just don't ask Judge to reflect on his historic season just yet.
"We had an early game today, now the season's over and we have to get ready for the postseason," he said. "Once this year is fully complete and whatever happens happens, then I'll have a chance to reflect on everything."
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