Everyone in the Yankees’ orbit seems tired of waiting for No. 61.
Aaron Judge walked four times in five trips to the plate in a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday that won the AL East. He remains stuck on 60 homers, one behind the Roger Maris franchise and the American League mark.
Judge’s mother Patty, who was seated in the front row of the Rogers Center in Toronto – right next to Roger Maris, Jr. – shook her head as she encouraged her son after his fourth walk of the night.
“Good job, baby!” she said, clapping. The judging matriarch didn’t have much else to do as she became a fixture in her matches with Maris Jr. On Monday, cameras caught her shaking her head as the Blue Jays made intentionally walk his son in a 2-2 game in the 10th inning.
She wasn’t alone in her continued frustration.
Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes fashioned himself a rally cap in the dugout on Tuesday, only to put his cap back on his head in frustration as Judge trotted out first.
The national TBS broadcast also showed many Toronto fans booing.
It’s not like Blue Jays pitchers avoid pitching to the Yankees slugger – he saw five full counts on the night, bringing his league-leading total at 140 on the season – although he saw mostly breaking ground.
To his credit, Judge is apparently okay with the way his story hunt is going – likely aided by the AL East crown. Tuesday’s assists were already behind him.
“Not when you win” he said. “I will do four steps to win every day.”
Judge has eight games left to hit No. 61 and then set a new Yankees mark. The Yankees have one more in Toronto on Wednesday before returning home for a three-game series with the Orioles starting Friday, then heading to Arlington to close the regular season with four against the Texas Rangers.