Yankees tickets turn costlier as Aaron Judge nears HR record

Yankees tickets soar as Aaron Judge nears home-run record
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Inna Zeyger
Tuesday September 20, 2022

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Aaron Judge is only two homers away from the 61-year-old AL home-run record in one season. With the next six games at home, the prices of Yankees tickets are on the upswing. New York fans are eager to be physically present at Yankee Stadium and witness his historic moment.

On Sunday, Judge had a double-home game in Milwaukee, where the Yankees trounced the Brewers 12-8. He now has 59 home runs for the season, which is two less than Roger Maris’ American League record of 61. Judge is also getting close to winning the Triple Crown in baseball.

This week, the Yankees have six games, including two against the Pirates and four against the Red Sox, and all of them are at home. Yankees tickets can be bought through StubHub, Vivid Seats, TicketSmarter, or Ticketmaster. Vivid Seats says that prices for the Pirates series range from $21 for grandstand seats to $1,415 for legends seats. Prices of Yankees tickets range from $34 to $3,255 for the Red Sox series.

If you want to follow Judge’s attempt to break the home run record from the comforts of your home and avoid pricey Yankees tickets, you’ll need to sign up for a few different streaming services. First, you’ll need DirecTV Stream, which is the only place where YES Network can be streamed. YES Network, MLB Network, ESPN, and FOX are all on DirecTV Stream.

You’ll also need Apple TV+, because the game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday will be telecast on that.

Here’s the Yankees’ TV/streaming schedule for this week

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: YES Network, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (local markets only)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: YES Network, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 22, 2022
vs. Boston Red Sox
Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
TV: FOX (national)

Friday, September 23, 2022
vs. Boston Red Sox
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: N/A (streaming exclusively on Apple TV+)

Saturday, September 24, 2022
vs. Boston Red Sox
Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV: YES Network, NESN (local markets), MLB Network (out-of-market)

Sunday, September 25, 2022
vs. Boston Red Sox
Time: 7:08 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (national)

It is historic

Aaron Judge is set to make history this week. Fans are longing for Yankees tickets to witness those memorable home runs. 

Judge hit two more home runs on Sunday, bringing his total for the season to 59. With three more, he will be the home-run king of the American League. Now, the batter goes back to Yankee Stadium, where the next six games for New York will be played. Pujols, on the other hand, has hit 12 home runs since the beginning of August, which makes it seem unlikely that he will reach 700 career homers.

Judge’s pursuit of Maris has started a discussion. Many see his record chase as a big achievement considering a no-so-hitter-friendly game ambiance at present. He probably won’t come close to Barry Bonds’ record of 73 home runs in the Major Leagues. But there are questions about whether Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa used drugs to help them play better around their time.

Judge is likely to surpass Bonds and Maris in one way, irrespective of the total number of homers the New York slugger hits. It is his sheer achievement despite facing too many pitchers. And this aura of breaking a six-decade-old record is driving fans to buy Yankees tickets to see Judge doing that.

At the moment, he is 20 home runs ahead of Kyle Schwarber, who is in second place in the majors. Since Babe Ruth’s 54 home runs in 1928, no hitter was able to lead the home-run table in a single season by 20. In the history of MLB, no one has established a 31-homer lead at the top over the second-placed hitter. 

Maris was only ahead of the majors by seven when he hit 61, and Bonds was ahead by nine when he hit 73.

Judge is also running for the AL Triple Crown. He leads in home runs and RBIs and is only one point behind Luis Arraez in batting, but that won’t be decided until the end of the season. However, fans are queuing up to buy Yankees tickets to see him hit historic homers.

Cutting it close

Is it possible that the Padres will miss the playoffs despite the blockbuster trade for Juan Soto? The Padres currently hold the second wild card in the National League, but they are only a half-game ahead of Philadelphia and 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.

Since the beginning of August, San Diego has gone 24-20 (.545), compared to 57-46 (.553) before that. Since joining the Padres, Soto’s batting average is only .221.

San Diego did win the last three games in a series against Arizona. On Sunday, Soto hit his first home run of the month.

Pujols, 42, will retire at the end of the season. He is on his way to becoming the fourth in MLB  history to have 700 home runs. The exclusive club only includes Bonds, Henry Aaron, and Ruth. But he will not be attempting his milestone this week at home. The Cardinals’ next eight games are on the road, where they will face the Padres, Dodgers, and Brewers.

But their tickets are not yet as in demand as Yankees tickets.

Schwarber is second in the majors with 39 home runs, and Yordan Alvarez is second in the AL with 37 home runs, behind only Judge. He hit a home run in each of his first three at-bats on Friday night when the Astros beat Oakland 5-0.

On Tuesday night, Texas was behind Oakland 7-2 in the fifth inning, but they came back to win 8-7. Mark Mathias hit two home runs, and one of them, a solo shot in the ninth, won the game. Baseball Savant says that the A’s had a 94.8% chance to win in the fifth inning. The next night, things turned around. Texas was ahead 5-1 after four innings, but Oakland beat them 8-7. In the top of the ninth, the Athletics scored two runs to finish their comeback. The winning run came in because shortstop Corey Seager made a mistake.

As Judge is inching toward AL history, Yankees tickets continue to soar. 

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