Yankees star Aaron Judge has an injury history, sure, but he’s still going full-throttle.
Aaron Judge knows that Yankees fans cringe every time he approaches the right field wall at rapid speed, and turn beet red every time he appears to grit his teeth after an all-out sprint.
But while he’s conscious of your worries, they’re never going to stop him.
Judge has missed significant chunks of gameplay over the course of the past three years, but much of his “checkered” injury history can be attributed to the unlucky breaks of the game, as well as a propensity to go all-out to support his teammates. And while the fanbase would love to see the cookie crumble a little differently moving forward, they don’t want Judge to abandon his resolve, something he’s assured us he’ll never do.
Nail on the head there, kid.
Any Yankees fan who jumps down Judge’s throat because a wayward Jakob Junis pitch nicked his wrist in 2018 isn’t a real Yankees fan. That wasn’t an example of the big man’s fragility — it was just sad.
Outside of that incident, Judge was slowed down in ’17 by a shoulder issue, something that was likely caused by posting too dominant a performance in the Home Run Derby, an event that has felled many a slugger over the years. His oblique injury in ’19 was his only malady that didn’t have a clear and outlandish inciting incident — that tweak could’ve happened to anybody, but sure, it happened to Judge. If you’d like to downgrade his effectiveness because of it, that’s your prerogative.
Even though Judge injured himself trying to make a desperation dive in a September game the Yankees absolutely did not need last year, we’re glad he’s not gunshy because of it. He’s out there to make rangy plays for his pitcher. If you think he’s going to ease up, you don’t know our future captain.
Luckily, based on Wednesday night’s evidence, Judge’s recent brand of neck stiffness appears to have cleared up enough that he can go deep deep off pitchers like James Paxton.
We’re looking forward to seeing this for many years to come. Wouldn’t change a thing.