This is what it’s like to root for the New York Yankees these days.
One day after Aaron Judge powered the Yanks to victory in every facet of the game — monster home run in the second, game-tying shot in the eighth, diving catch in the ninth — and delivered a heartfelt speech in the game’s aftermath, he has now been pulled from the series finale after battling some sort of eye trouble in the first inning.
He was treated with eyedrops. He paced around the box, never looking comfortable.
And now, two non-competitive at-bats into this contest, he’s been removed, as the Yankees threaten to finally finish the job and fall all the way out of the playoff picture.
Not even one day. Not even one full day of enjoying Saturday’s iconic performance without the other shoe dropping. That is what it’s like to be a modern Yankee fan.
Yankees megastar Aaron Judge removed with eye (?) injury.
Judge’s first-inning at bat was painful to watch, as he stalked around the box and received treatment before flailing at a few outside offspeed pitches. We didn’t receive any information during that plate appearance that made us think he’d recovered; rather, he simply seemed to survive the at-bat and move on.
Judge struck out looking in his second at-bat, bringing his career line against Carlos Carrasco up to a stunning 0-8 with eight whiffs. Something may very well have been affecting him this time around.
On the broadcast, Alex Rodriguez off-handedly remarked that Judge was “dizzy” during the early portion of Sunday’s game; that felt like conjecture, but he certainly did hit the wall hard on James McCann’s shot in the second inning Saturday. Of course, he also rocketed a home run to left in the innings after that play.
UPDATE: According to Aaron Boone’s fourth-inning interview, it was a bout of dizziness. Wonderful.
Bottom line? We have no idea what’s really wrong, but we’re fearful, and we’re significantly bummed out it was affecting him enough that he had to be yanked from a primetime showcase. Judge leads the Yankees in every offensive category. He’s one of very few players who’s doing their job in 2021. This is a spectacular letdown, and also par for the course.