Aaron Judge’s regular season wasn’t enough to protect him from the wrath of angry New York Yankees fans in the playoffs.
Judge struck out his first four times at the plate on Friday en route to going 0-for-5 in the Yankees’ 4-2, 10-inning loss to the visiting Cleveland Guardians in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Fresh off his 62 home run season that set a new American League record, Judge is now 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts to start the postseason. Some fans booed Judge as his hitting streak continued during Friday’s game.
The judge said he was “not at all” surprised that fans were upset with him and took it upon himself to turn his performances around.
“I have to play better,” said the judge. “That’s what it comes down to. I didn’t do the work tonight. Especially as a leadoff hitter, man, I’ve got to get on base and I’ve got to make something happen on the basepaths. I didn’t do that tonight.”
Manager Aaron Boone, a Yankees folk hero familiar with the demands of playing for a franchise, was also unfazed by the whistles.
“It’s the Bronx, man,” Boone said.
“Great hitters go 0-for on a given day. You know, big hitters fail more often than they succeed, even when you’re playing. You know, they neutralized him here for the first two days, they hit him hard. But he will be back on the horse and as dangerous as they are tomorrow night.”
The series moves to Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday for Games 3 and 4. If necessary, Game 5 would be played in New York on Monday.
– Media in the field