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Yankees fans booing Judge—Is this fair to a player who chose loyalty over comfort?

Crowds booing Aaron Judge? We haven’t seen this often. Yankees star Aaron Judge shared his deepest thoughts on a similar incident on the Casa De Klub Podcast. It’s a tale in the month of April when Judge got a golden sombrero (four strikeouts) against the Tampa Blue Rays. Unknowingly, the fans erupted in the stadium, booing the Bronx Captain over his sudden slow-down. 

A similar thing happened in 2004 with the Yankees legend Derek Jeter when the Yankees fans booed at him. It was a dreadful performance by Jeter, and the MLB superstar wasn’t immune to take such comments. Still, the night has gone for the two Bronx stars. But being vocal as usual, Judge, recalling the memories, had a few thoughts about the Yankees fans. 

Aaron Judge raw take on fans amid the slow start against Tampa Blue Rays

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Judge, known to save the Yankees in most matches, seemed lost against the Rays in April. With four strikes, he slowed down and went scoreless after nine innings. In conversation with two times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and former Arizona Wildcat Tyler Casagrande, Judge said, “You don’t like hearing it, it stings. But, I wouldn’t want any other way man. I’d rather be getting booed in New York for not doing what I need to do. If I am not, I’d rather hear that.” Initially, Aaron was not able to hit three fastballs. However, as soon as he missed the fourth one, the crowd booed the former MVP. 

Poll of the day

Do you think Aaron Judge made the right choice by staying loyal to the Yankees?

Absolutely

No way

Time will tell

He should have left

Also, that game significantly dropped his season average to just .179 and a mere .6832 OPS. If we talk about his season’s average, it was a staggering .976. Although Aaron Judge’s 28.1% strikeout can be alarming for most MLB players, he seems to be okay. Time after time, he has struck at a higher clip, whereas his last season numbers were at 28.4.%. He hit .267/.406/.613 and has kept his career mark at 28.6%. 

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However, within a span of a few days, Aaron came back to form. Against the Minnesota Twins in May, he hit four extra bases and a 467-foot homer into the third deck to make the Yankees win 4-0. With his astonishing record, he joined the Yankees’ elite list of players, namely DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Further, he continued his stellar form and made history against the Los Angeles Dodgers, clinching another record to his name. 

Yankees captain breaks fastest home runs record

Although Aaron Judge’s home runs were always special for the fans, this time, it’s noteworthy. His homer against the LAD was the 280th of his career. Making history, he has become the fastest player to score the most home runs within 1000 games. Right now, Aaron is closing towards the 300 Home runs mark and might be able to breach it towards the end of the 2024 season. 

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With this achievement, Judge has gone past the fastest Philadelphia Phillies great, Ryan Howard. Undoubtedly, Howard was among the best run hitters in the early 2000s hitting. Also, he has also surpassed his teammate Juan Soto in the AL MVP Race. Regarding stats, the Yankees captain has the odds of -130, which is good enough to beat Soto’s +520. 

If it happens, he will clinch the AL MVP award for the third time. In May, he won the AL Player of the Month award after hitting .371/.488/.928 and smashing 14 home runs, 12 doubles, and 27 RBIs. However, despite Judge’s good form, the Yankees recent performance hasn’t been great. The team is struggling, losing to the Boston Red Sox 0-3 in their last game. Also, despite Luis Gil returning to form against the Red Sox, it’s not helping the cause. Eventually, will Aaron Judge save the Yankees, or will the team sink further? Let us know in the comments!