It was a good news/bad news kind of night for Aaron Judge. On one hand, he struck out for his 33rd straight game, breaking the MLB record for most consecutive games being on the wrong end of a punch out. On the other hand, he committed an egregiously violent assault on a baseball thrown by Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman, launching it into the upper deck of Citi Field.
Notice now left fielder Yoenis Cespedes doesn’t even flinch as the ball sails miles over his head.
Statcast officially listed the blast as 457 feet with an exit velocity of 117 mph, but Judge’s teammates called BS on that number:
“Never seen a ball go up there,” Chase Headley said. “If that ball only went 450 then no ball is ever going 500 feet because that ball was crushed.”
“[It must’ve gone] 530 feet. They told me 450 feet, [and I] told them no chance. At least 500 feet, one of the furthest I’ve seen,’’ Didi Gregorius said.
“I felt like that was 550. It looked like it,’’ Yankees starter Jaime Garcia said. “He’s great, man.”
Judge added a single later in the game and the Yankees beat their crosstown rivals 5-3. For Judge, it was just his first multi-hit game since July 18 and the rookie sensation has fallen into a post All-Star game slump, hitting just .185 since winning the Home Run Derby five weeks ago.
At least we can all still admire this glorious act of bat on ball violence.