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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge told a fan he’d “hit one for him,” and that’s exactly what he did on Sunday night against the Dodgers.
During the 1926 World Series, New York Yankees immortal Babe Ruth promised a sick boy named Johnny Sylvester that he’d hit a home run for him in Game 4. Ruth hit three, and shortly thereafter, Sylvester miraculously recovered.
Point the camera towards Aaron Judge.
Jude, the face of the current Yankees, made a promise to a fan prior to his team’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.
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The only thing remaining was for Judge to come through.
No. 99 smacked a solo shot in the third inning to put his team up 2-1.
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The modern-day Babe Ruth/Johnny Sylvester …
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Judge, 27, is now on a tear, having smacked a home run in each game of the Dodger series. It counts as his 16th home run in his 75th game of the season.
DJ LeMahieu opened the scoring for the Yanks with a solo shot of his own in the first inning. The Yankees currently lead Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers by a score of 2-1 while the teams battle in the fifth inning.
It is, of course, the rubber match of a three-game set between the two best teams in baseball (when the series began).
As for Aaron Judge’s incredible pre-game promise is concerned, Babe Ruth would be proud. Former Yankee and current YES Network analyst Paul O’Neill should also have a nice, fat smile on his face for his role in a similar situation over two decades ago.
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1. Judge finished 1-for-4 with his lone RBI and run coming on that memorable shot.
Starter Domingo German relented just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters in six innings. Clayton Kershaw took the loss, giving up three runs in seven innings.
After a 1-1 tie after one inning, Judge’s home run opened a string of four-unanswered runs by the road team.