All Rise: Aaron Judge & the Yankees are Becoming Baseball’s Worst Nightmare
by John Jastremski
Jun 13, 2017 | 10228 views | 0 0 comments | 301 301 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s almost 2 a.m. on an early Tuesday morning and I’m still shaking.

Why may you ask? I’m living in Aaron Judge’s world and it makes me giddy.

Life is good if you’re a fan of the New York Yankees.

The team is a season-high 15 games over .500. As of Tuesday, they’ve won five consecutive games and they feature a rookie sensation who is playing like the best player in baseball.

That’s right I said it. For the first two-and-a-half months of the 2017 season, Aaron Judge has played like the best player in baseball.

Not Harper, not Machado, not Betts. Aaron Judge.

It’s June 13, which is a pretty substantial stretch of games. Aaron Judge leads the American League in batting average, home runs and is second in RBI's.

It’s quite the turnaround for a player that hit under .200 in a limited sample size a year ago.

Many will wonder, how did it happen?

For Judge it was simple: swing at strikes.

Last season Aaron Judge was susceptible to chasing pitches out of the strike zone, and his approach with two strikes was terrible.

The same player who was helpless with two strikes a year ago is now taking his walks and hitting the ball where it’s pitched by using the entire field.

He’s also taking a bunch of those pitches out of the ballpark...way out of the ballpark.

Over the last week, the legend of Aaron Judge grew some more.

Sunday, Judge hit two home runs and one was without question the furthest home run I’ve ever seen at Yankee Stadium.

Judge’s first homer traveled 495 feet and went past the section of bleachers in left field.

Seriously, is this real life? Halfway up the bleachers? Nobody, and I mean nobody, hits the ball up there.

How does Judge follow up his two-homer display on Sunday? With a game-winning homer in the eighth inning on Monday night.

Forget the talk of New York, Aaron Judge is the talk of Major League Baseball.

If you’re a baseball fan around town and Aaron Judge is in the batter's box, time to stop what you’re doing and lock in.

His at-bats have become appointment-viewing theater.

If you miss an Aaron Judge at bat, you may miss a ball that flies out of Yankee Stadium.

After what I saw on Sunday, anything’s possible.

That’s the scary thing about Judge as a player. It’s two-plus months into this season and it seems he continues to get better and better.

Judge’s emergence is a thing of beauty for Yankees fans and a scary proposition for the rest of Major League Baseball.

All rise. All rise indeed.

You can listen to me on WFAN Sports Radio 660/1019 FM on Sunday from 1 to 6 a.m. and Monday from 10 to 2 a.m.,/i>
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