Judge caught the final out of the top of the ninth inning in foul territory near the seats along the right field line and was met by a number of fans who were enjoying Opening Day (at the moment).
One fan was having such a good time (perhaps a few pints deep?) that he thought it’d be a good idea to attempt to swipe the baseball from Aaron Judge’s glove. Guess that’s what happens when you’re stuck in the house for a year and start warping your own brain.
Luckily, Judge gave the guy a pass.
The big man himself knows how difficult it was for fans being unable to attend games since the 2019 postseason and the bottled up excitement that came with it. What else did we expect from Judge, who’s always so calculated with his responses.
Judge himself had a rough day, so he was likely just treating others the way he wanted to be treated. The slugger went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and failed to bring home a run in both the seventh and ninth innings with runners in scoring position (one was a BRUTAL GIDP).
Yankees fans would rather not get into it, but he also took a ton of strikes and allowed the Blue Jays pitchers to either get ahead in the count or rebound after falling behind. Not very Judge-like.
But don’t say he didn’t try to hook up the spectators at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. He tossed a foul ball to a spectator and this guy completely beefed it.
All around, it was a bad day for the Yankees and their fans. Forgettable performances by all parties. Fans acting a fool, the players simply not doing their jobs, and a loss on Opening Day to kick of a 2021 season that has sky-high hopes.
Maybe on Saturday we can get some more hits and fewer nimrod fans? That’d sure make everyone feel better.