The Most Epic Game of the 2022 Yankees' Season
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In case you were living under a rock last night, Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run of the 2022 season, tying Babe Ruth’s record of number of home runs recorded in a single season.
While all of the fans were surely excited, as were Judge’s teammates, the only person who didn’t seem to be all that excited was Judge himself -- presumably because home run #60 was a solo shot, hit in the bottom of the ninth inning -- and the Yankees were losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, at home, by a score of 8-5.
Clay Holmes had just given up a three-run home run to Rodolfo Castro in the top of the eighth. Fans held their collective breath while Aroldis Chapman kept the game alive in the top of the ninth. But by all counts, a home game against the Pirates shouldn’t have been a nail-biter, especially one in which Nestor Cortes gave up one run in five innings pitched. When Judge came out to take his curtain call, he looked utterly miserable in spite of the fact that Judgian Blast #60 put the game back within some kind of reach.
And then, the Yankees went to bat for Judge. Literally and figuratively. By walk or by hit, Anthony Rizzo, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson all managed to get on base, so that by the time that the slumping Giancarlo Stanton came up to bat, the bases were loaded with nobody out.
What else could Big G do but hit a walk-off grand slam?!
Judge's reaction to the grand slam couldn't be beat.
To top off a spectacular night, Judge put himself atop the AL Batting Average list, meaning if the season ended today, Judge would win the Triple Crown, with his .316 BA, his 60 (!) home runs and his 128 RBIs. As my old man said last night, the Judge is having one of the most remarkable seasons he's seen in his lifetime (and my dad is 67 years old).
All the Yankees have left to do is pay him.