Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth and moving within one of Roger Maris’ American League record 61, in the bottom of the ninth to start the Yankees’ 9-8 comeback win over the Pirates on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Longtime Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Michael Kay may have exhibited more emotion after the historic long ball than Judge himself.
“Drilled deep to left field, there it goes, number 60,” Kay said. “Slide over, Babe. You’ve got some company. Aaron James Judge has tied George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth with 60 home runs.”
It wasn’t until Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off home run, capping the Yankees’ victory, that Judge unleashed his joy.
Both Kay and Sterling will get the chance to call history this week with one more against the Pirates on Wednesday before a four-game set with the rival Red Sox. Kay, though, may get shortchanged if Judge goes deep on Friday — the matchup with the Red Sox will be on Apple TV+, which MLB won’t move.