Aaron Judge silences heckling White Sox fans with 418-foot homer
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could hear the heckling by Chicago White Sox fans during Wednesday’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field. Chants of “Aar-on … Aar-on … Aar-on … you suck!” (among other things) emanated from the stands throughout the game.
But the 25-year-old rookie, instead of engaging the hecklers verbally, instead let his bat do the talking, smashing a 418-foot, two-run round-tripper during the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 12-3 victory.
And Judge admitted after the game to subtly acknowledging the hecklers while circling the bases following his MLB-leading 27th home run by looking into the left-field stands.
“I did,” Judge said after the win, via ESPN. “I like having some fun with the fans. They were heckling me pretty good out there. I’m not going to say anything to them. I just gave them a little peek as I rounded the bases. I was just having some fun with them. They were kind of razzing me when I got back out there.”
Judge went on to explain why he opted to react to the hecklers in such a manner.
“Let your actions speak for themselves,” Judge said. “I don’t need to go out there and say anything to them and rile them up even more. I felt like if I turned around and said anything to them, it would’ve gotten worse. I just played my game.”
And the way the 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger plays said game is awe-inspiring from a Statcast perspective. To wit:
#AllRise, it's home run No. 27 for Aaron Judge, and here's how @Statcast saw it: pic.twitter.com/lM2nkFKL3B
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 29, 2017
And then there’s this:
.@TheJudge44 is the first player to have SIX homers recorded at 115+ mph in a season. #Statcast https://t.co/w77BT17GxU
— #Statcast (@statcast) June 29, 2017
“Just smiling, having a good time,” Judge said of his subdued reaction to the heckling White Sox fans. “It is fun to play this game. Someone razzes you a little bit, just having fun. It was all good.”
It obviously is far easier to have fun playing baseball when one can rake like Judge, that’s for sure.