SEATTLE — As reporters filed into Aaron Boone’s workplace at T-Mobile Park, the Yankees supervisor discovered himself staring on the small TV hanging under the ceiling within the far nook of the room.
Boone watched in amazement because the monitor flashed a replay of Aaron Judge’s eighth-inning residence run theft. The outfielder elevated excessive above the fitting area wall and stole a solo shot from the Mariners’ Teoscar Hernandez — a Yankees killer as a Blue Jay — as he crashed into the padding. Judge then revealed the ball by flipping it from his glove to his naked hand — an off-the-cuff finish to a miraculous play.
“Just another catch,” a nonchalant Judge mentioned after the Yankees’ 10-4 win, although he had some enjoyable with Hernandez on social media. “I’m just trying to do my job. When you’re 6-foot-7, I better be able to get up there and get those.”
While Judge downplayed his thievery, one among Boone’s sons texted their father to say that the snare was one of many best catches he’s ever seen.
“That’s probably the best home run robbery because he wasn’t able to really get there and camp,” Boone mentioned. “He could gather a little bit, but he was on the move and had to get there. And then to get high over the wall and time it perfect, that’s pretty good.”
Domingo German, who allowed 4 earned runs over 6.1 innings in his return from a sticky stuff suspension, mentioned that he and others within the coach’s room started leaping round when Judge revealed the ball.
German added that Judge had “a perfect night,” because the longball leap was removed from the captain’s solely spotlight of the night.
Judge additionally crushed two homers and paced the Yankees’ offensive outburst with three RBI. His first dinger ricocheted off the left area foul pole at 116.9 mph, whereas the second pull shot simply cleared the glove of a leaping Jarred Kelenic.
Much just like the foul pole, Kelenic obtained banged up on the play. And in contrast to Judge, he failed to finish it, although it took No. 99 a second to appreciate that.
“I didn’t know what happened in that situation,” Judge mentioned. “I didn’t know if he caught it. I didn’t know if it hit off his glove and was on the ground behind him by the wall and I couldn’t see it. So that situation, I just didn’t want to be stuck standing on first base or second base.”
Judge, who entered the sport with seven residence runs in 16 profession video games on the stadium previously often called Safeco Field, has at all times hit nicely in Seattle. When requested why, he mentioned, “It’s a beautiful park.”
“They always have a packed stadium,” Judge continued. “Tonight it was loud, it was rowdy for the very first pitch. I just like the big games like that.”
While Judge additionally doubled within the recreation, he had some assist offensively. Former Mariner Jake Bauers homered whereas including two doubles and two RBI, and Willie Calhoun smoked a pair of two-baggers and drove in two whereas filling in for Anthony Rizzo within the three-hole.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, taking part in shortstop for the primary time this season, additionally stayed scorching on the plate, making a two-run double a part of his two-hit night time. Kyle Higashioka additionally picked up an RBI.
Most of the Yankees’ runs got here off Mariners rookie Bryce Miller, who was left to put on the primary poor outing of his six-start profession. The righty allowed 11 hits, eight earned and three homers in a dropping effort.
While it was a principally constructive night time for the Yankees, Harrison Bader did depart the sport within the third inning with proper hamstring tightness after legging out an infield single. He will get an MRI on Tuesday.
While the Yankees awaited an replace on their heart fielder, they might solely marvel at their proper fielder, who hasn’t proven indicators of slowing down after a record-breaking, award-winning 2022 marketing campaign.
“It’s one of the great individual games you’ll see,” Boone mentioned, including that Judge has confirmed to be a Gold Glove-caliber fielder. “What a day. What do you say?”
In Seattle, the group mentioned — or chanted — “MVP” after just a few of Judge’s large moments. But just like the catch, the slugger shrugged off listening to such reward on the other coast of which he performs his residence video games.
“It is what it is,” Judge mentioned. “We got a lot of Yankee fans in the building. They came out and were supporting, so anytime you get that type of support from those people, it’s nice to hear. But they could be booing me tomorrow. We’ll see.”