Watch: Yankees fans hold ‘candlelight vigil’ for Aaron Judge after injury
The New York Yankees received some terrible news Thursday night when it was determined Aaron Judge will be out for at least several weeks due to wrist injury.
Upon the announcement of the dire development, scores of fans at Yankee Stadium held an impromptu “candlelight vigil” for the slugging superstar.
Well, not so much a candlelight vigil, per se. More like a bunch of fans employing flashlights on their phones. But the meaning behind the gesture remained the same.
@Yankees fans holding a candlelight vigil for @TheJudge44 during the game after it was announced that he would miss significant time due to a wrist injury sustained by HBP during his first at-bat. pic.twitter.com/gb6qR4RE9C
— George Myers (@gmyers87) July 27, 2018
The impromptu demonstration of mourning occurred once it was learned the hit-by-pitch Judge suffered earlier on in the Yankees’ 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals resulted in a chip fracture in his right wrist.
The injury occurred when Judge was plunked by a Jakob Junis pitch in the first inning.
Aaron Judge could be out 3 weeks after getting hit by this pitch: pic.twitter.com/rjeguAhgew
— ESPN (@espn) July 27, 2018
Judge somehow remained in the game and managed a single in his next at-bat. However, Judge was pulled shortly afterward. X-rays at the ballpark proved inconclusive, so Judge was shuttled to a local hospital. A combination of an MRI exam and CT scan delivered the disappointing diagnosis.
How long Judge will be on the shelf remains to be seen, but conservative estimates suggest it will be at least three weeks before the slugger can swing a bat.
And Yankees fans felt the need to mourn the news.