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People wearing Yankees caps in London didn’t recognize Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are across the pond in London for a two-game series with the Boston Red Sox, and Aaron Judge encountered a situation that would have been downright surreal had it occurred back in the U.S.

While strolling around the city on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s series opener at London Stadium, Judge noticed some people sporting Yankees caps. What happened next left the Yankees slugger a bit bewildered.

“I was actually walking near the London Eye yesterday, and I ran into a couple of people that had a Yankee hat on,” Judge said Friday at a London Stadium news conference, via the New York Post. “They had no idea who I was. (I said), ‘I’m Aaron, great to meet you.’

“The Yankee logo is pretty recognizable world-wide. I’ve just got to introduce myself, I guess, to some of those guys wearing the Yankee caps.”

While the Yankees undoubtedly are aware that the sojourn to London is above all a business trip, Judge admits the novelty of it all makes it an enjoyable one.

“I’ve watched a lot of football games and a couple of basketball games out here, and I’ve been a little jealous,” Judge said. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to go do this. I know this whole London Series has been in progress for a couple of years now. I’m just excited and blessed that the Yankees and Red Sox get to participate in this. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

The Yankees enter the London series boasting a 6.5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays and a 9.0-game lead over the third-place Red Sox in the AL East. The team is sure to enjoy the transatlantic visit, but further distancing themselves from the BoSox would be a nice souvenir to bring back from London to the Bronx.