Aaron Judge may have hit an American League record 62 home runs during the regular season, but that didn’t matter to the fans at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
The Yankees lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in Game 2 of the ALDS, the night the series went to Cleveland. Judge, baseball’s darling about a week ago, donned a golden sombrero with four strikeouts on an 0-for-5 night.
The performance came after Judge went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Game 1. It was also his fourth career hit in the postseason, the most by any player in MLB history in a .
As he walked back to the dugout after his final at-bat against reliever Trevor Stephan, Judge heard some boos previously reserved only for pitchers who walked him last month. Regarding treatment after the game, he admitted that he needs to play better.
The judge’s answer:
“It’s going to happen. It’s happened so many times in my career here. There’s nothing I can do. I’ve got to play better. That’s what it comes down to. I didn’t get the job done tonight, especially as a leadoff hitter. I’ve got to go. . base, make something happen on the base path and I didn’t do that tonight.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was even more straightforward about the bug:
Was this Aaron Judge’s last game at Yankee Stadium?
With the series best tied at 1-1, the Rangers have two wins before the end of the ALDS before returning to Yankee Stadium, raising the possibility that Judge will have played his last game at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Yankees. .
The MVP frontrunner is a free agent after this season, as many baseball fans know. He’s a lock to land a mega contract, but will that contract come from the Yankees? It’s hard to imagine the club wanting Judge to play anywhere else, but suddenly there’s a very real possibility that Judge’s home run at Yankee Stadium could end on a very ugly note.