Aaron Judge: Yankees season would be ‘a fail’ without World Series title
Aaron Judge has laid it all on the line ahead of Friday’s Game 1 showdown with the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, and it sounds like the New York Yankees slugger views the series as only the first stage of the team’s lofty overall goals.
Speaking like a true Yankee, Judge said Thursday that only a World Series championship would be an acceptable way to finish off an outstanding 2019 season.
“Any year you’re not the last man standing, the season is a fail,” Judge said Thursday, via the New York Post. “It doesn’t matter how many games you win in the postseason. You can win every single game in the regular season, but if you lose in the postseason, it doesn’t matter.”
Judge has never experienced a postseason on the outside looking in during his career, and he has made it clear the two times the Yankees were eliminated still sting.
The Yankees saw their postseason runs cut short by the Astros (ALCS) and Red Sox (ALDS) in the 2017 and 2018, respectively, but Judge is counting on the mystique of Yankee Stadium to help this squad get over the hump and into the Fall Classic.
“You’re lining up for the national anthem, and you look out in the stands, and you can’t even hear the last half of the anthem because the fans start getting crazy and loud,” Judge said. “You feel like you’re floating out there when you’re warming up and stretching. I honestly don’t even know how to describe it. It’s just electric. The stadium comes alive when those fans fill it up. Man, I feel like some of the ghosts from Yankees past are here with us whenever that stadium gets rocking. That’s why I can’t wait for the game.”
The Yankees face a tough challenge in the Twins — despite the teams’ staggeringly lopsided postseason history — as the Bronx Bombers will face a Bomba Squad that more than can keep pace with them in the slugging department.
It sounds like Judge, though, believes this is the year. If not, the Yankees’ season will be a complete failure, in his opinion.