The previous three appearances of the Aaron judge on the records resulted in three impressions. But when he rose to the plate on the ninth Thursday, it didn’t matter.
All he needed was one big swing – with parallel and fast runners on board – to make the forgotten night memorable.
“I knew it was time for me to come up with and forget the past, and come up with great friends for my team,” the judge told Baltimore’s Zoom call. “They were expecting me. In such cases, you have to get a job. “
The referee turned out to be right, entrusting the Yankees with an 18th straight victory over the Orioles after they led the lead in five runs. His second-year host, and second in so many days, forced the Yankees to beat Camden Yards 8 to 6, overtaking a strange season opener with four wins in five games.
After Jonathan Loaisiga increased his lead at the bottom of the eighth and allowed Pedro Severino to strike with two blows, the long stretch of the Yankees’ victory over the Orioles raised doubts. But after Gio Urshela took a walk and DJ LeMahieu broke up alone in front of the field, the referee gave the Yankees an advantage by withdrawing to a 2-1 Cole Sulser bid and sending their way back to the empty seats on the left field.
“I saw the DJ base in the right field well. A lot of pitches, I was like pulling away and not being in the middle of the pitch, ”said the judge. “The fact that I saw a beautiful DJ dance locked me. I just had to come up with it. “
The Yankees are now returning home to open a three-game series in the Bronx against rival Red Sox, who have won three in a row. Due to COVID-19’s concerns, two competitions against Phillies have been postponed. There will be no fans at the stadium on Friday night as the Yankees open their 30-game home schedule, just another layer of this strange shortened season.
“It simply came to our notice then. This team likes to play in New York, so we are happy about that, “said the referee. “It will definitely be different, Yankee home opener without fans. Here’s one thing I always look forward to every year is that the place will start hanging on our opening day. Everything is so during intratross, it is something special.
“It will definitely be different, but we hope to sleep in our beds and be at home.”