Aaron Judge homers twice in defeat, earns Jeter parlance from A-Rod

Aaron Judge smashes two home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Yankees lose 3-11 on 8th June, 2024.
Esteban Quiñones
Sunday June 9, 2024

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In a game that underscored the Yankees’ ongoing offensive struggles without Juan Soto, Aaron Judge stood tall, belting two home runs against the Dodgers. However, his performance couldn’t prevent an 11-3 loss, echoing a familiar theme from the 2023 season where Judge often found himself as the sole offensive force. However, amidst their second loss in a row against the super team – Los Angeles Dodgers, ex-Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez brought some love for captain Judge.

Aaron Judge’s heroics failed to save Yankees

Aaron Judge once again showcased his extraordinary power, launching two home runs in a critical game against the Dodgers. Despite his impressive performance, the Yankees suffered a disheartening 11-3 loss at Yankee Stadium. Aaron Judge’s solo shots in the third and ninth innings extended his Major League lead to 23 home runs, but his efforts were not enough to lift the team out of their offensive slump.

Aaron Judge’s display of power was reminiscent of the 2023 season, where he often found himself as the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal Yankees lineup. This game against the Dodgers brought back those haunting memories as the rest of the offense failed to produce, leaving Judge as the solitary force against a dominant Dodgers pitching staff.

The absence of Juan Soto, sidelined with inflammation in his left forearm, was keenly felt. While Soto’s presence in the dugout, assisting teammates and offering advice, was appreciated, it was clear that the Yankees missed his bat in the lineup. This was the second consecutive game without Soto, both resulting in losses.

“It’s just a presence, right?” said outfielder Alex Verdugo. “Soto provides a good way to see all of a guy’s pitches early on. What Soto does, he drives the ball everywhere, so it’s a big bat out for us right now. But we always know when one guy is down, the next guy has to step up.”

Despite Judge’s heroics, the Yankees’ lineup struggled mightily. They went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Over the series against the Dodgers, they managed just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, a glaring issue that mirrored their struggles from the previous season.

On June 8, 2024, Teoscar Hernandez hit a grand slam to left field, sealing a crushing 11-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reportedly, Yankees fans left Yankee Stadium in droves, as noted by Max Goodman of NJ.com.
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Gleyber Torres’ misplay of a Shohei Ohtani grounder, leading to Teoscar Hernández’s grand slam, was a significant blow. “When Gleyber is at his very best, he plays free and easy,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Sometimes that gets him in a little bit of trouble, but it allows him to make a lot of plays.”

Nestor Cortes had a rough outing, allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, marking his toughest game at home this season. The defeat also saw utilityman Oswaldo Cabrera making his pitching debut, highlighting the dire state of the game for the Yankees.

A-Rod’s take on Aaron Judge: A modern-day Jeter?

In a recent podcast interview, New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez praised Aaron Judge, drawing comparisons to Derek Jeter. “If you could make up the perfect New York, Madison Avenue player, it would be Aaron Judge,” Rodriguez shared on social media, discussing Judge on “The Herd” podcast.

“What you saw was a young man that was 6 foot 7, 282 pounds, less than 10 percent body fat, and is an absolute specimen,” Rodriguez said. “He is a tremendous, tremendous young man; he is like Derek Jeter. He is a prototypical New York guy, Madison Avenue: likable, great parents, educated, all around his family. You know, he’s married to his junior high sweetheart. I mean, if you can just make up the perfect Madison-area player, this is Aaron Judge. This is the type of player that George Steinbrenner would have been madly in love with.”

Aaron Judge, who married his high-school sweetheart Samantha Bracksieck in 2021, has been a cornerstone for the Yankees. His parents, Wayne and Patty Judge, adopted him and have been instrumental in his development. Rodriguez also noted the Yankees’ fortune in Judge choosing baseball over football, as he had offers from top college programs like Notre Dame and Ohio State. “How lucky are we that he chose baseball over football,” Rodriguez said.

As the Yankees navigate through their current challenges and are in desperate need to find their offensive prowess again, the presence and performance of players like Judge and the anticipated return of Soto will be crucial. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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2 thoughts on “Aaron Judge homers twice in defeat, earns Jeter parlance from A-Rod

  1. WELL , I HOPE “THE HARDCORE YANKEE FANS” WILL AGREE W ME !!!. THIS WKEND SERIES AGAINST THE DODGERS HAVE EMBARRASSED US FANS !!!.
    I WATCHED THE HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST NITES GAME THIS MORNING .
    LIKE I SAID …TIME AND TIME AGAIN ,
    “BOONE THE GOON” IS NOT MANAGEMENT MATERIAL !!!. THERE’S SOME THAT HAVE IT…AND SOME THAT DON’T !!!. “BOONE THE GOON” WOULD BE BETTER OFF AS A 1ST BASE COACH.
    YANKEES COULD’VE EASILY WON FRIDAY NITES GAME !!!. STRATEGY IS THE KEY 🗝️ !!!. ITS CALLED “BUNT” !!!.
    VOLPE AND VERDUGO HAVE GREAT SPEED .
    THEY CAN EASILY LAY DOWN A BUNT FOR A HIT !!!.
    THAT’S WHAT “SMART MANAGERS” DO !!! 😂.
    STEAL BASES !!!. BUT , “BOONE THE GOON” PREFERS POP UP FLIES AND STRIKE OUTS INSTEAD.
    “BOONE THE GOONS NICKNAME SHOULD BE …
    “I LEAN ” HE STANDS THERE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS CHEWING AWAY ON HIS BUBBLE GUM LEANING ON THE RAIL !!!.

    HE KNOWS HOW TO HUG AND KISS THE PLAYERS WHEN THEY HIT AND SCORE RUNS BUT CAN’T MANAGE WORTH OF SHIT !!!!!.

    I’M NOT GONNA EVEN GET INTO LAST NITES GAME !!!. I PREFER WATCHING THE FLORIDA PANTHERS WHOOP SOME ASS ON THE STANLEY CUP GAME INSTEAD… FIRE 🔥 BOONE. , FIRE 🔥 CASHMAN , FIRE 🔥 LEVINE AND KICK HAL STEINBRENNER IN THE ASS AND GIVE HIM A “WAKE UP CALL” .

    ENOUGH SAID
    GOD BLESS 🙏 AMERICA

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