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Exclusive: Former Mets GM Stephen Phillips Reveals Shining Aaron Judge Incident That Left Him in Awe

Published 01/14/2024, 3:11 PM EST

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Stephen Phillips experienced a long and dynamic journey in baseball, from starting as a Minor League player to working as a General Manager for the New York Mets. During his many years in the game, he has met many superstars. But during a recent Exclusive Interview with EssentiallySports, he had particular praise for Aaron Judge. 

Since moving on from his career as a GM, Phillips has stayed up to date with all MLB updates in his role as an analyst. The former Mets executive has praised Judge as a captain, picking one of his traits over Derek Jeter, but here he focused on the Yankees captain as a human being. 

Stephen Phillips credits Aaron Judge for his great attitude 

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During his Exclusive EssentiallySports interview, Stephen Phillips opened up on various aspects of his career. This includes superstars he has met over the years, including New York Yankees stars. During the interview, he spoke about Aaron Judge and his great attitude. He shared how Judge was walking out of the dugout but came back to greet him. 

He started comparing Judge to Derek Jeter, saying, “Aaron Judge is of the same character as Derek Jeter.” The former Mets GM noted that players rarely like to get too friendly with the media and are reserved in what they say. 

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Phillips then went into detail about the incident and said, “But there was a time when I was in the dugout at Yankee Stadium talking to Brian Cashman at the end of the dugout, and Aaron Judge came out of the clubhouse, walked up the steps, stopped, looked down, saw me, came back down the steps, walked all the way down, shook my hand said, ‘Hey, how you doing? Nice to see you again; what’s going on?'” 

This greatly shocked Stephen Phillips, who had not seen such a polite and thoughtful superstar before. Furthermore, it greatly enhanced his opinion of the current Yankees captain. Although this incident may be new to some, Judge’s attitude and politeness are not. Regardless, it indeed left an impression on Phillips. 

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Stephen Phillips is looking forward to the upcoming MLB season and the big teams in the race for the World Series. He will probably keep an eye out for Aaron Judge as well. What do you think of his iconic story with the Yankees’ captain? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. His expertise lies in cheat sheets, post-game analysis, and trade rumors, providing readers with comprehensive coverage of the sport. Pranay is an avid follower of baseball and is a staunch supporter of the Yankees, firmly believing that it is time for the New York team to break their World Series jinx.
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Shubhankar Adhikari