Yankees fans tease Giants with ‘Arson Judge’ taunt over Aaron Judge pursuit

Yankees fans wear 'Arson Judge" Giants shirts to taunt them over their failure to sign Aaron Judge on March 30, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

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The New York Yankees squarely defeated the San Francisco Giants over Aaron Judge’s free agency and left them “butt-hut.” However, their heightened competition to the very last moment made it an episode worthy of attention in the Yankees vs. Giants rivalry. On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, when the home team overpowered the visitors 5-0, their fans took a jibe at the Giants for trying to sign Aaron Judge. And they opted for a hilarious symbol to taunt them.

Last season, Yankees fans were worried about whether their best player, Aaron Judge, could be enticed away to the Bay Area. During the nerve-wracking last few hours, everyone was tense. MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted out in an attempt to get the biggest scoop of the offseason as rumors began to circulate about the San Francisco Giants had a better chance of signing Aaron Judge. To add insult to injury, in his haste to break the news, he misspelled Aaron Judge’s name as “Arson Judge” in his tweet.

He tweeted that “Arson Judge seems to be headed to the Giants.” The Yankees re-signed Judge to a 9-year, $360 million contract, making it bad luck for the Giants that they made such a huge mistake.

It also contributed to making their rivalry more intense when the Yankees and Giants played each other on the first day of the 2023 season. Let’s just say that some Bronx fans were happy to brag about Aaron Judge not signing with San Francisco. Two fans even held up a sign with Heyman’s famous “Arson Judge” tweet on it.

The Giants had planned to go after Aaron Judge and some of the other top free agents this offseason. Even though it looked like the Giants were about to sign Judge, Hal Steinbrenner, the owner of the Yankees, called Judge while he was in Italy and made a deal.

As if things couldn’t get worse for the Giants, Aaron Judge had an effect on them right away. On Judge’s first pitch of the season, he hit Logan Webb’s ball over the center field wall at Yankee Stadium to give New York an early 1-0 lead.

Aaron Judge on MLB Opening Day, March 30. 2023 at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees won 5-0, giving them a perfect 1-0 start to the season. Judge got two hits out of four, drove in two runs, and scored one run.

The Giants, on the other hand, were only able to get four hits and struck out 16 times. The Yankees’ best pitcher, Gerrit Cole, was in charge of 11 of these outs.

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