Aaron Judge created history after tying Roger Maris, he joins him as legends of this storied franchise, now the only men in its history to hit 61 home runs in a single season. Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, after the game, extended his congratulations towards Judge just outside the Yankees dugout, and handed him the official line-up card from the night.
Surprisingly, now the only players in MLB history with more home runs in a season are Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGwire (70, 65) and Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63) — all of whom accomplished theirs during the steroid era (1998 to 2001).
“It’s an incredible honor to get a chance to be associated with one of the Yankee greats, one of the baseball greats,” Aaron Judge said. “To be enshrined with them forever, words can’t describe it.”
“That’s one thing that’s so special about the Yankee organization, all the guys that came before us and paved the way, played the game the right way.”
Aaron Judge gave his cardinal 61st HR ball to his mother
Aaron Judge has a special connection with his mother, she was there in the behind the Yankees dugout in Toronto for three straight nights, waiting on pins and needles, hoping her son would make history, “She’s been with me through it all,” Aaron Judge said.
“From the Little League days, getting me ready for school, taking me to my first couple of practices and games, being there for my first professional game, my debut and now getting a chance to be here for this — this is something special, and we’re not done yet.” Added Aaron Judge.
Michael Kay and John Sterling sensational commentary on Aaron Judge’s 61st HR
“Drilled deep to left field!” Michael Kay exclaimed, as his voice grew more and more excited. “This could be it! See-ya! He has done it! Number 61! He has been chasing history and now he makes it! He and Roger Maris are tied with 61 home runs, the most anybody has ever hit in a single season in American League history!”