As we all know by now, Aaron Judge is two home runs shy of breaking the all-time single-season American League record.
That mark was set by Roger Maris back in 1961.
Judge has been stuck on 60 home runs for the past few games.
But ESPN made a very odd decision last night.
Of course, on Monday nights, ESPN does their weekly NFL Monday Night Football broadcast.
But during that game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, there were no cut ins to watch any of Judge’s at-bats during the game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
But on Saturday, during Wake Forest and Clemson’s game, there were plenty of cut ins for Judge’s at bats.
Very funny that ESPN did live Aaron Judge cut-ins during Clemson-Wake Forest (0.05 percent crossover with Yankees fans) but not during Giants-Cowboys (99.9 percent crossover with Yankees fans) https://t.co/GjhilH6RIc
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 27, 2022
ESPN Chooses Not To Feature Judge Cut Ins
It would only make sense for them to do cut ins for the Monday Night broadcast.
In New York, there are a whole host of professional sports teams, with the Yankees and Giants being two of them.
Yankee fans certainly would have been interested in both.
It’s possible that ESPN didn’t want any distractions from Monday Night Football, which is understandable.
But at the same time, Judge is on the doorstep of history, and we’re in the middle of a pennant chase.
Just one win in Toronto gives the Yankees the AL East title, so there’s another reason to potentially cut into the Yankee game.
It’s a curious decision for sure.
Tonight though, there won’t be any of that drama.
Tuesday night is typically a slower night on ESPN than other nights, but that means that they can cut into SportsCenter with a few of Judge’s at-bats.
Time is ticking for Judge to tie and break the record.
Will he hit home runs No. 61 and 62 tonight?