After the Yankees’ night of history ended in a loss, there was no championship belt to give out since there was no win to celebrate, but there was still history to recognize on Tuesday, and the team made sure to honor the two stars of the night.
Aaron Judge, having just broken Roger Maris’ single-season home run record, and Gerrit Cole, having surpassed Ron Guidry’s single-season strikeout record, were both honored in the locker room, led by a toast from Anthony Rizzo.
Guidry even called in to the team, and the team played it through the speakers of the clubhouse in a salute to Cole.
“Rizz did a great job,” Aaron Boone said. “We wanted to pay tribute and toast Gerrit, so we did that, and then Aaron, then Gerrit and Aaron both spoke, then we did a toast together as a team. It was an amazing moment.
“I think both Gerrit and Aaron were a little bit emotional. To have their teammates celebrating them and them sharing it with their teammates, I think it meant everything.”
Cole was emotional when talking to YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits after the game, describing the scene immediately after Judge’s unforgettable 62nd home run.
“It was emotional for all of us,” Cole said. “There was some watery eyes out there. It’s hard to put into words.
“What a special opportunity to share the field with this guy. He’s an unbelievable player, an unbelievable talent, an unbelievable human. He’s been our rock all year.”
Now that history has been celebrated, attention can turn towards the playoffs, where the Yankees hope more celebrating will follow the special night they shared in Texas on Tuesday.
“This is just the start of what is hopefully more magical moments to come as a team,” Boone said.
“We’re hoping to ride that.”
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