“I knew I messed it up”: Yankees star Aaron Judge breaks silence on his ‘best-player’ controversy

Aaron Judge letting 'em know he’s the best player on the damn team.

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

There is not much argument while stating that Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge might just be the best player in modern-day baseball. But unlike other stars, the 30-year-old was evidently captured having an over-confident tongue when he proclaimed himself to be the best player on the team. After some criticism and controversial remarks coming his way, Judge came out to clarify his comments.

Looking at the stats for the 2022 season, it is hard to contemplate why Aaron Judge cannot break more records in the current season. He is currently the favourite to win his first AL MVP award.

Moreover, the 30-year-old sensation is on pace to break Roger Maris’ non-PED-aided single-season home run record and was the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game as per the latest vote count. Aaron Judge also leads the league in home runs, having 28 registered against his name. Furthermore, he has 59 runs scored and 175 total bases and has 3.9 WAR, making him rank as the third best.

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Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge admits his mistake

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

“When you’re the best player on the team how can you not be confident?” Judge was quoted as saying in a YES postgame interview on the field Sunday and the same clip has gone viral all over the internet. After which on Tuesday, he decided to clarify his take and clear the air of controversy which could be built around his unfiltered comment.

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I was trying to say ‘when you are the best team on the planet,’ and I knew I messed it up,” Aaron Judge said. “What I said was when you’re the best planet on the team. And I thought to myself I really messed that up. And then I tried to say something about the fans and that came out wrong too.”

However, upon the same comments, DJ LeMahieu had no objection as he revealed his truthful take when enquired. “He’s always been a great leader,” DJ LeMahieu said. “Whether he’s hitting like he is now or if he’s in a little bit of a rut, which we haven’t even seen this year, he’s always just a good leader. Shows up every single day with a great attitude.”

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