Once again, Yankee Stadium is the center of the sports world. Folks in the stands have a chance to see history, but it comes at a price; tickets were going for up to $1,300.
As CBS2’s Otis Livingston reports, Aaron Judge stands next to Babe Ruth in the history books with an absolutely remarkable 60 home runs. Only five other Major League players have reached that magical number.
Now he sets his sights on number 61 — a mark so famous, a movie was made about it.
Of course, the legendary Yankee Roger Maris holds the American League record, his family on hand all week at the stadium until Judge breaks the record.
There are 15 games left, and Judge is on fire with five home runs in his last six games, so who knows? Maybe Barry Bonds’ all-time mark of 73 could be in jeopardy.
“I wouldn’t have necessarily thought 60 going into the year at this point either, so I guess I’ll put nothing past him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
“When you talk about Ruth and Maris and [Mickey] Mantle and all these, you know, Yankees greats that, you know, did so many great things in this game, you never imagine as a kid getting mentioned with them. But, you know, it’s an incredible honor,” Judge said.
Teammate Giancarlo Stanton once hit 59 homers in a season himself, so he knows what it takes. He also knows Judge is far from finished.
“He hit 60 tonight and it’s like nothing happened … He’s got more work to do and that’s the mindset,” Stanton said Tuesday.
“We’re not done. We still got a couple games left in the season. Hopefully a few more wins come with ’em,” Judge said.
The first Pirate who will try to keep Judge from tying Maris will be Roansy Contreras. He was actually a part of the Yankee minor league system before being traded to Pittsburgh. The two have never faced off, so we’ll see who has the advantage.