Yankees fans go gaga over Judge-Rizzo bonhomie, want Soto to join

The Yankees' stars Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge NHL matchup between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec 12, 2023, at Madison Square Garden, NYC.
Inna Zeyger
Wednesday December 13, 2023

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The friendship between Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo is exemplary for Yankees fans. They swooned overseeing these two most-prominent faces on the Yankees roster at Tuesday’s NHL matchup between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite the Maple Leafs securing a 7-3 triumph at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers, known for drawing considerable star power, generated significant attention. The presence of these star players in the stands, coupled with the recent addition of Juan Soto to the team during the offseason, left MLB enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the upcoming season.

Throughout the 2023 MLB season, Aaron Judge consistently demonstrated that he serves as the cornerstone of both the New York Yankees’ lineup and clubhouse. Given his pivotal role in carrying the team for extended stretches, it comes as no surprise that Judge has become the first player to be appointed captain since Derek Jeter.

Anthony Rizzo, an experienced first baseman, previously played for the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs before joining the Yankees in 2021. Since his arrival, Rizzo has cultivated a robust camaraderie with Judge, frequently appearing together at various events in New York City.

Yet, the most buzzed-about subject among New York fans centers around the recent addition of former Padres outfielder Soto this month. The Dominican player emerged as the primary focus for the Yankees‘ front office, and they have effectively secured his services before the turn of the year.

Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees

Yankees fans feel the love from a brotherly bond

This development has heightened anticipation among fans for the upcoming MLB season, prompting them to express their excitement across various social media platforms. Here are a few responses on X:

Juan Soto bonanza for pinstripe fans


The addition of Juan Soto to the New York Yankees this offseason might yield even greater benefits than initially anticipated. In the trade with the San Diego Padres, Soto and Trent Grisham were exchanged for five players heading to the other side. While Soto is renowned for his powerful hitting, both players are left-handed, offering a valuable mix in that aspect.

As envisioned by analysts today, the projected Yankees lineup for the upcoming season could be arranged as follows: DJ LeMahieu, Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Alex Verdugo, Anthony Volpe, and Austin Wells/Jose Trevino.

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