Aaron Judge’s record-breaking night marks two unique Yankees feats

Aaron Judge hit three home runs against Arizona at Yankee Stadium on Sept 22, 2023.

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On Friday, Yankees captain Aaron Judge delivered a stunning performance, hitting three home runs that powered his team to a resounding 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This remarkable achievement marked the slugger’s second three-home-run game of the season, a historic milestone that established him as the first Yanks player ever to achieve this feat multiple times in a single season.

In doing so, Aaron Judge has entered an exclusive Yankees club; only six players have achieved multiple three-home-run games. This remarkable performance solidifies his status as one of the Yankees’ all-time greats.

Aaron Judge’s historic achievement

Aaron Judge celebrates in dugout after hitting three home runs against Arizona at Yankee Stadium on Sept 22, 2023.
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Aaron Judge’s display of power at Yankee Stadium left baseball fans in awe, and his accomplishment further solidified his status as one of the most dominant players in the league. The three home runs came almost exactly a month after his first such performance, demonstrating his exceptional consistency in delivering home runs.

In the third inning of the game, Aaron Judge got the night started with a bang, crushing a deep three-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Brandon Pfaadt. This early offensive burst gave New York a commanding 3-0 lead.

The fireworks continued in the fifth inning when Aaron Judge smashed a two-run shot after Estevan Florial’s RBI double. This extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-0, leaving the Diamondbacks struggling to contain Judge’s power.

Two innings later, Aaron Judge completed his historic feat by hitting a solo shot to right field, securing his third home run of the night.

This remarkable performance marked Judge’s 35th home run of the season, tying him for the third-most in the American League. It’s worth noting that he accomplished this despite playing in just 100 games this season due to a toe injury sustained in June.

Aaron Judge turns sixth Yankee to hit 3HRs more than once

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts as he rounds the bases after he hits a solo homer during the 7th inning when the New York Yankees played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Aaron Judge’s recent feat has placed him in an elite group within the storied history of the New York Yankees franchise. He now shares a record with only five other baseball legends who have achieved the rare milestone of multiple three-home-run games while wearing the iconic Yankees pinstripes. Here’s a list of those distinguished players:

Lou Gehrig – 4

Lou Gehrig, the Yankee legend
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Lou Gehrig, often regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and an enduring symbol of Yankees greatness, achieved the extraordinary feat of hitting three home runs in a single game on four separate occasions during his illustrious career with the Pinstripes.

Joe DiMaggio – 3

Former Yankee Joe DiMaggio
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Joe DiMaggio, another Yankees legend and a timeless figure in the history of the sport, accomplished the feat of hitting three home runs in a game three times during his career with the Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez – 3

Alex Rodriguez as a Yankees player
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Alex Rodriguez is considered one of the most dominant players of his generation. A-Rod’s incredible power and consistency at the plate led him to achieve the rare feat of hitting three home runs in a single game three times while representing the Yankees. A-Rod’s impact on the team’s success during his tenure cannot be overstated.

Tony Lazzeri – 2

Former Yankee Tony Lazzeri
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Tony Lazzeri delivered two three-home-run games during his time with the Yankees.

Bobby Murcer – 2

Former Yankee Bobby Murcer
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Bobby Murcer achieved the remarkable feat of hitting three home runs in a single game twice during his career with the team.

Aaron Judge – 2

The Yankee star Aaron Judge's triumphant moment as he hits a home run in the game between the New York Yankees against the Diamondbacks.
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Aaron Judge, the latest addition to this exclusive club, has now recorded multiple three-home-run games for the Yankees.

In the wake of his three-home-run performance against the Diamondbacks, Aaron Judge has left an indelible mark on Yankees history and solidified his standing as one of baseball’s most potent sluggers. While the playoffs seem distant, the realm of sports is known for its unpredictability. Who’s to say that the Yankees can’t still defy the odds?

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