“He’s not from Planet Earth” – Yankees’ Michael King calls Aaron Judge a natural-born leader

"Aaron Judge is just an incredible person, and I hope that I’m his teammate for the rest of my life" - Michael King

Michael King and Aaron Judge
Michael King and Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees pitcher in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Michael King recently talked about the impact of the presence of veteran right fielder Aaron Judge in the dressing room. The youngster stated that Judge is currently the face of the league and it’s “hard to believe that he’s from Planet Earth”. 

The Rochester native King went on to recall the incident when Judge made him comfortable in the dressing room during his inaugural season at the Yankees. He also expressed his desire to play with the legendary baseball player for the rest of his life.

“I would also assume that Judge is from Mars because he is not from Planet Earth. His locker-room presence is just elite, he was a natural-born leader. When I first got called up in ’19, he stops me right as soon as I walk into the clubhouse and like daps me up and he said: “ ’Bout damn time!” He’s the face of the MLB right now. He’s just an incredible person, and I hope that I’m his teammate for the rest of my life,” King said in his recent interview with The New York Post.

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“2020 was a very tough year for me” 

Michael King
Michael King

On being asked about a time when Michael King didn’t have confidence on the mound, he talked about the 2020 season when he got too “mental” and was trying to make adjustments every game.

He added: “My whole 2020 season, that COVID year, it was a very tough year for me. I felt like I got too mental where I was trying to make adjustments every game, and I never once just went out there and had that aggressive mentality, and it’s not fun to pitch in because you’re facing the best hitters in baseball, and I’m up there thinking about my mechanics or thinking about how I have to be sooo perfect on this pitch instead of just attacking with conviction.”

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