Now, it’s time to gain sole possession of the record.
That will happen the next time he goes yard, provided it happens in the remaining games of the regular season.
Fortunately for him, he is about to face a team he enjoys hitting against, at least judging by the numbers: the Baltimore Orioles.
Judge has nine of his 61 round-trippers against the O’s.
He is so good that an MLB insider is willing to predict we might witness some history this weekend.
“Aaron Judge has a .931 slugging percentage against the Orioles this year, so… mildly confident we’re gonna see #62 soon,” Anthony Castrovince tweeted.
Aaron Judge has a .931 slugging percentage against the Orioles this year, so… mildly confident we're gonna see #62 soon.
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) September 30, 2022
Will Judge Break The Record At Home?
In fact, things are setting up perfectly for Judge to break Roger Maris‘ record at home, in front of his people.
Yankee Stadium should lose its collective mind at the moment of the ball leaving the bat.
More often than not, the sound of Judge’s connections are enough to know if the ball is leaving the yard or not.
The Yankees have already secured their first-round bye in the playoffs.
All they have to play for has to do with Judge: getting him in a position in which he can break the record and win the Triple Crown, in addition to getting some recently returned players in top physical condition with the playoffs in mind.
Judge’s record chase has actually brought some eyeballs in front of the TV for the Yankees these days.
The world is watching, eagerly waiting for number 62 to come along.
Much like number 61, it will be celebrated.