Aaron Judge's historic on-base streak ends in most ironic way possible vs Twins
By Adam Weinrib
Yankees captain Aaron Judge's on-base streak was bound to end someday. After all, he'd already reached rarefied air crossing the 45-game mark across the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
But not like this. Never like this.
Judge's streak came crashing down with an 0-for-3 day against Twins youngster Joe Ryan, who rocked the Bombers to sleep on Thursday as his offense pounded out nine first-inning runs against Jhony Brito and Colten Brewer.
Even more ironically, the end of Judge's streak was marked by the harbinger of doom, Aaron Hicks, entering as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.
Surely, the paying customers loved that.
Yankees' Aaron Judge on-base streak ends at 45 games with Aaron Hicks replacement
Worse yet, Judge's streak ended just a few hours after Meredith Marakovits' pregame sitdown with the captain, where he either legitimately did not know he was in the midst of such a streak or was attempting an acting job to feign ignorance.
Either way, Marakovits is going to have to learn to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge accusations of the "Marakovits Curse" after this one.
Even Michael Kay and Paul O'Neill ruthlessly brought it up in the booth around the time of Judge's second out.
Judge's on-base streak wasn't quite as obvious a rarity as his AL-record-setting 62 homers, but his 45-gamer was one of just 99 streaks during the Live Ball Era to run that long.
The longest of the 2000s belongs to Orlando Cabrera in 2006, a mark Judge can no longer chase. The all-time modern record is the great Ted Williams'; he reached in 84 consecutive games back in 1949.
If only Marakovits had been doing the Red Sox pregame show back then. Judge might've had a chance.
This game was forgettable for about a million reasons, but fans in the center field seats will never forget Aaron Hicks popping up like Michael Myers where Judge should've been, ending the star's shot at history.