Aaron Boone blames ballpark roof for the Yankees’ defeat

Aaron Boone
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sara Molnick
Friday October 21, 2022

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It was a bad night for the New York Yankees and their chances of making it to the World Series were put into doubt. The Yankees are now down 2-0 in the American League Championship Series after losing to the Houston Astros 3-2 on the road.

And one key at-bat by Aaron Judge in the eighth inning almost changed everything. Judge hit a nice ball to right field with one man on base and New York trying to come back from a one-run deficit. It looked like it would go far, but then Kyle Tucker caught it safely in his glove. After the chance for a comeback ended for the Yankees, Houston cement their win.

Aaron Boone, the manager of the Yankees, said after the game that “Judge’s fly-out might have been a two-run homer” if the roof at the Astros’ stadium Minute Made Park hadn’t been open.

Let’s listen to him.

It seems likely at first, but it’s probably not true. The Astros were also playing in the same weather. In just two games, the Yankees have struck out 30 times as a team.

Statcast says that Judge’s fly-out would have been a home run in only Yankee Stadium.

Maybe Boone is right that the open air and weather can change where the ball goes in the end. But Judge’s two-run shot was only possible if the Yankees were playing at home.

MLB fans had a lot to say about Boone’s complaint about Houston’s open roof.


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