Aaron Judge hits homer #62 and proves he can handle the pressure of pursuit

ARLINGTON, Texas — In a quiet clubhouse just hours after hitting his 62nd home run of the season, Aaron Judge, still in uniform, heard the voice of a small child in the hallway that led past his locker. He stopped what he was doing – gathering up his street clothes – to come around the corner and ask, “Who’s there?”

Josiah Trevino, the Yankees catcher’s young son, looked up to him, who owned a judge’s jersey before owning one with his father Jose’s name and number. Judge had finally found a quiet moment after earning his place in history by hitting a 391-foot home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 161 of the 162-game season. He spent them entertaining a member of the most exciting faction of his fanbase: his teammates’ children.

The magnitude of his career moment had yet to reach him, and looking ahead to the postseason, that sense of satisfaction could be four weeks delayed.

“I think it’s just a normal day,” Judge said after the Yankees lost 3-2 to Rangers. “I wish we had won, that would have made it a little bit sweeter I think. But I will try to absorb it, enjoy the moment with my family and prepare for the game tomorrow. I think that will only become established in the off-season.”

Judge spent most of the regular season smashing baseballs and deflecting questions and attention about his chances of hitting 60, 61, or 62 home runs. He isolated himself from the external expectations and anticipation of a historic regular-season campaign and focused on the arena he feels most comfortable in: the chalky confines of the batter’s box.

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John Verrall

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