When fans say “all rise” to New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, he takes it literally. Judge showed off his immense size during Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday, robbing a home run at the wall with an excellent catch.
Judge struck in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a man on first, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor lifted a fly ball deep to right. Judge tracked the ball to the wall, waiting until the perfect moment, “jumped” and made the grab.
If you question why we put “jump” in quotation marks, take a look yourself:
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Sure, his feet briefly left the ground, but Judge barely had to leap in order to make the catch. That’s how huge he is. He just stood at the wall, gave a little hop and robbed a home run. It’s pretty incredible how casual he made it look.
Don’t just take our word for it, though. Even Todd Frazier was impressed.
Todd Frazier on Aaron Judge's home run robbery: "He's bigfoot out there. All he has to do was reach his hand up."
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Lindor tried to play innocent after swinging his gavel, but Judge ruled him guilty as charged with the catch … or whatever. We don’t know, we just wanted to try and make a law pun work there.
Judge’s great defensive play couldn’t have come at a better time, not only did he keep the game tied 0-0, but he made up for a misplay he had earlier in the contest.
Getting back to the catch, there was an added benefit to Judge coming up big in that moment. He not only made a great grab, but he robbed notorious ballhawk Zack Hample from taking home yet another souvenir. Hample is the guy in the yellow reaching out for the ball.
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