New York Yankees Stars Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo Show Their Brotherly Relationship With Their Dog Preferences

Published 02/23/2023, 9:30 AM EST

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Aaron Judge has always been a responsible figure for the New York Yankees to depend on. That was proved this off-season as the star outfielder was chosen as team captain. It also shows just how much the organization believes in his leadership qualities and connection with his teammates. Judge has always stayed away from controversy and been on good terms with his fellow Yankee stars.

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Over the years, he has built connections with many of his teammates, both old and new. Most recently, his connection with Anthony Rizzo, in particular, was shown as they were asked a dog-related question. 

Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo would want to be Dachshunds if they were a dog

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Aaron Judge has developed great connections with his teammates over the years. But his connection with Anthony Rizzo is a special brotherhood that has developed rather quickly. It was recently put on display when they answered a question. New York Yankee players and coaching staff were asked what breed they’d be if they were a dog. Judge and Rizzo both chose a type of Dachshund. The Yankees’ official Twitter account shared a video of this question being asked. 

While answering Judge said, “Miniature Dachshund”, and Rizzo said, “A Dachshund of course.” This is not that surprising, as both Judge and Rizzo own Dachshund puppies. The Yankees captain has a Dachshund named Penny while Rizzo’s dog is named Kevin. 

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Furthermore, Rizzo even used his dog’s friendship with Judge’s dog as a method to convince the Yankee’s captain to sign a new contract. Other popular answers among players and coaching staff were German Shepard, Pitbull, and Bulldog. But getting back to Judge, his dog’s relationship with Rizzo’s dog may have played a huge part in keeping him with the Yankees. 

Judge left fans anxious during his free agency

This off-season Aaron Judge was a free agent for the first time in his career. This came after a fantastic 2022 season in which he won the AL MVP award. His free agency left many New York Yankees fans on the edge of their seats, anticipating his departure. Judge was connected with several teams through rumors and that left fans even more anxious. 

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But the star outfielder eventually stuck with the Yankees, penning a 9-year $360 million extension. Furthermore, his dog may have had a big impact on his decision. What do you think about the fact that Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo would both want to be Dachshunds? What dog breed would you want to be?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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