The next great New York Yankee has been chosen.
Aaron Judge‘s hype was already out of the park before the Home Run Derby, and he delivered it home. Judge got off to an early start by knocking 23 balls into the stands in the first round. Different from all the other batters, Judge hit the ball with ease and that’s probably due to his massive 6′ 7″, 282 pound frame.
In his jaw-dropping win, he became the first rookie to win the Home Run Derby ever.
It was just hit after hit.
Judge also hit the longest run in Home Run Derby history, an astonishing 513 feet.
But the career-making performance didn’t come as a surprise to all, especially one of his New York Yankees teammates.
“I’ve batted with him in the second group during BP, so nothing he was doing out there tonight surprised me. Maybe some other people that haven’t seen him take BP were a little bit surprised. But that’s what I see all the time,” said Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
Making even more history, Judge joins Mark McGwire of the ’92 Oakland A’s and Ken Griffey Jr. of the ’94 Seattle Mariners as the third player to be leading the majors in homers at the All-Star break and win a Derby.
Yup, the Yankees got one.