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Aaron Judge Enjoys Surprise Soccer Appearance in Italy, Receives Special Gift Alongside Cubs Star

Published 11/15/2023, 1:00 PM EST

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New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge is a true sports lover. From attending basketball games to marathons, Judge is spending much of his offseason in sports arenas. He added another sport to his list when he went to Italy to watch a soccer game between ACF Fiorentina and Bologna FC. With the Chicago Cubs player Mike Tauchman accompanying him to the game, they got a special gift to remember this special trip.

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While Aaron Judge’s love for sports is known to all, his visit to Fiorentina also has a connection to New York. The soccer club is strangely related to the Big Apple. With the New York Yankees looking to make big moves in the offseason, the captain is sure enjoying off time before heavy work comes in. But before that, a surprise awaited him in Italia.

Aaron Judge gets a custom jersey at ACF Fiorentina


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To say that the Yankees captain is a lover of sports is an understatement. Judge used to play football, basketball, and baseball in his high school days. So it’s not surprising to spot him in different sporting arenas. This time the slugger was watching ACF Fiorentina beat Bologna FC 2-1 in a Serie A game in Italy. Accompanied by the former Yankee and now Cubs slugger Mike Tauchman, fans were quick to point out the custom jersey that both of them were gifted by the soccer club.

While Judge’s love for sports took him there, for Fiorentina it was their owner’s New York connection that made it special. Rocco Commisso owns Fiorentina and he moved to New York when he was 12. He also owns the New York Cosmos of the National Independent Soccer Association. With such deep connections to the Big Apple, it was obvious why this was a very special occasion for Commisso and why he took a  photo with Judge.


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This is not the only time the New York Yankees have been connected to soccer. The team’s parent company famously partly owns the historical Italian soccer club AC Milan. Now with Judge going into the Fiorentina game, it seems that the Bronx Bombers are deeply into soccer. But the captain is still focused on his first love – baseball.

Judge’s interesting offseason activities


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Aaron Judge was planning to have deep conversations with the Yankees management this winter. He even informed Brian Cashman what he thought of the analytics department. Still, the slugger is enjoying his offseason by attending local New York cafes and attending events.

As he is particularly private in his life, fans cherish whatever personal moments he shares in public. One such activity was his supporting his wife during her second consecutive NYC marathon run a few weeks ago.


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Aaron Judge will surely look to make the most of this offseason as come April, he and the Yankees will have a big fight ahead. They’ll have to improve upon 2023’s results and regain their top position in the league. Until then, fans will keep enjoying these random spottings wherever they can.

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Sanskar Dubey serves as an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, driven by his deep passion for sports that ultimately led him to the world of baseball. When the chance arose to join the EssentiallySports team, he eagerly seized it without hesitation. He loves to write for the sport at a time when there is a hot tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season.
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