Before the Yankees rubber-match against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Aaron Judge took time during batting practice to make a promise to a life-long fan and father of Yanks’ catching coach Jason Brown.
Just a couple hours before Aaron Judge and the Yankees recently faced Clayton Kershaw, the All-Star right fielder told Jason Brown’s father, John, that he’d hit one for him during the contest — insinuating that he was going to hit a home run. Judge was catching up with Brown before ending their conversation by telling him, “I’ll hit one for you tonight.”
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At that point in the potential World Series preview, Judge had already slugged two home runs, including a laser shot into the left-field seats during Friday night’s opener against Hyun-Jin Ryu — and a tape-measure blast to dead centerfield on Saturday afternoon against Tony Gonsolin.
Judge decided to put a little extra pressure on himself on Sunday, by promising the life-long Yankees fan, John Brown, a long-ball prior to his eventual showdown with future Hall of Fame pitcher, Clayton Kershaw.
Despite Kershaw’s dominance, Judge has been raking at the plate as of late, with three home runs on the west-coast swing (again, at this point).
In the top of the third inning, Judge would fulfill his promise by taking Kershaw’s 1-1 curveball to deep right-centerfield for his third home run in three days and his 99th home run of his young major league career.
Judge reached that mark in just 369 games, as the Yankees went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1, taking two out of three games at Dodger Stadium.
The Bombers will continue to look to edge out LA and Houston for the best overall record in baseball with October creeping closer.
The home run left Judge’s bat at 104.6 MPH and traveled a total distance of 404 feet to right-center.