‘The Cursed Speaker of Aaron Judge’ Resurfaces After New York Yankees Loss

Published 10/06/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Sep 24, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) sits on the ground at third base after getting back safely on a fly out during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


In 2017, a 25-year-old Aaron Judge competed in his rookie season with the New York Yankees. Since winning the American League Rookie of the Year, Judge became one of the most pivotal players on one of the most iconic teams in the MLB.

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This season, Yankees fans pinned their hopes on Judge to make the playoffs. Although he made a crucial play in the final game of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays to secure that spot, the Yankees couldn’t get past the Boston Red Sox in yesterday’s AL Wildcard game.

Amidst fans finding out what went wrong, some of them brought up an uncanny circumstance involving Judge bringing his speaker to Fenway Park.

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Fans draw connection between Judge’s speaker and form in postseason

In 2018, Judge played the Red Sox in the postseason for the first time in the ALDS. While the Red Sox won the first game in Fenway Park, the Yankees won the second one to tie the series. Following this victory, Judge blared some music from his speaker in Fenway Park. However, the Yankees’ postseason record against the Red Sox would take a dramatic turn from this point on.

In Game 3, the Red Sox went off in Yankee Stadium, routing their fierce rivals with the scoreline an astonishing 16-1. They then clinched the series in the next game with a narrow 4-3 victory. While they wouldn’t meet in the playoffs for two years, history repeated itself in the wildcard game yesterday.

The Red Sox clinched an impressive 6-2 victory to secure their place in the ALDS, ending the season on a disappointing note once again. Furthermore, this took the Red Sox’s score over the Yankees in the postseason to 26-6 ever since Judge brought his speaker to Fenway Park three years ago.

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Aaron Judge failed to score a single run in yesterday’s game

The 29-year-old, like some of the Yankees, struggled to get going against the Red Sox yesterday. Despite having incredible hitting statistics this season, he failed to get on the scoresheet yesterday. However, he came close to scoring a crucial run in the sixth inning.

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is out at home against Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (25) during the sixth inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After Giancarlo Stanton hit a shot high up, Judge looked to complete a run. However, Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki tagged him in a well-executed play from the home team to get him out. The Red Sox will face AL East champions, the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS starting on Thursday, October 7.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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