New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge expresses no regret relating to the “New York, New York” incident per the Boston Red Sox.
Aaron Judge isn’t backing away. In fact, he’s doubling down.
Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the New York Yankees unquestioned leader expressed no regrets pertaining to his decision to blast Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” just outside of the Boston Red Sox clubhouse last October.
“No regrets,” Aaron Judge told Davidoff on Thursday down in Tampa.
“That speaker will still be with me,” Judge told The Post at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees defeated the Pirates 8-6. “I’ll still be playing songs after we win on getaway days. Nothing will change.”
Judge, 26, blasted Sinatra’s most notable Yankee Stadium tune following the Yankees 6-2 Game 2 ALDS victory that sent the series back to the Bronx all tied at one.
— MLB (@MLB) October 7, 2018
One could argue Judge was simply blasting the tune innocently as he headed towards transportation taking him to his next destination. Passing by the Sox locker room was just a coincidence.
“That’s the funny thing,” Judge explained. “On getaway days, I play music if we win, every single time. But most of the time, nobody hears it, because there’s usually tunnels that we’re going through to the bus.
“And the only way to get out of Fenway is through the concourse. That’s the only place to play it.”
Most would say that’s completely ridiculous. Of course the Yankees face new what he was doing.
Boston took it in stride. The team not only played it two days later in the ALDS, but also when they knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
Judge clubbed 27 home runs to go along with 67 runs batted in and a .278 average in just 112 games a season ago. His production took a big hit compared to his masterful 52/114 breakout season of 2017.
When finding out the Sox returned the “New York, New York” favor, No. 99 laughed it off.
“I didn’t really know they [played it at the World Series]. It might have been later in the offseason [when I found out],” Judge said. “Someone either shared a video or something like that. But you just kind of laugh about it, to be honest. That’s all you really can do.”
Whatever the case, there’s one thing we know for sure: Aaron Judge is one giant reason the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry is back. Will it be better than ever in 2019?