It was another one of those rockets soaring off Aaron Judge’s bat, the kind that makes you wonder how far it’s going to travel before it finally touches down.
This one went up in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Blue Jays Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The ball soared over the leftfield bleachers and crash-landed 484 feet from its origin, in front of a wall that displays two rows of retired numbers.
No. 3 is second from the left in the top row. Babe Ruth was significant in relation to the home run by the 6-7 player wearing No. 99. The Babe hit 32 homers at the Polo Grounds in 1921. Judge moved past him 96 years later, taking sole possession of the top spot in the franchise’s record book for most homers at home in a single season with this 33rd long ball in the Bronx.
“Pretty incredible accomplishment,” Judge said.
Judge extended his remarkable rookie record to 52 homers during the second-to-last regular-season game. That tied him for eighth with Mickey Mantle on the franchise’s single-season list. It came off a 93-mph, two-seam fastball from Patchogue-Medford alum Marcus Stroman and accounted for the Yankees’ first run in their 91st victory.
“The satisfaction came from getting a run on the board, especially against a tough pitcher like Stroman,” said Judge, who was the DH Saturday.
It extended his RBI streak to seven games, his career-high hitting streak to 13 and his on-base streak to 25. Judge had a 27-game September to remember with 15 homers and 32 RBIs, the top calendar-month totals in his young career. The last Yankee to launch 15 homers in a calendar month was Roger Maris in June of 1961.
Besides the 52 homers, Judge is slashing .284/.422/.627 with 114 RBIs. MVP? The crowd was chanting it.
“I’m biased; that’s my guy,” CC Sabathia said after earning his 14th victory. “So I think he deserves it. We wouldn’t be in this position without him. So I think that’s the definition of MVP.”
Judge helped set another record with the homer. He and Gary Sanchez have combined for 85, the most in major-league history for two 25-and-younger teammates.
This homer was Judge’s second longest of the season behind his MLB-best 495-footer here against Baltimore in June.
“I think we all look at each other in the dugout and kind of say, ‘Wow,’ ” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t see that very often. We’ve seen it twice from him this year. But that’s against the wind [this time], too. Just an amazing shot.”
Judge is about to take his act to the AL’s postseason for the first time. The Yankees host Minnesota Tuesday night in the winner-take-all wild-card round.
“I’ve never played for a team like this,” Judge said. “Everyone gets along. We’re always competing. We’re always having fun. That’s what championship teams are made of. So I’m excited for what’s going to happen here in the postseason.”
AARON VS. THE BABE
Since Aaron Judge broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record for most home runs by a Yankee at home, at look Judge and Ruth’s big seasons as the Yankees play their final game:
2017 Season 1921
25 Age 26
6-7, 282 Vitals 6-2, 215
539 AB 540
33 Home HRs 32
113 RBIs 168
.284 Avg. .378
206 Strikeouts 81
126 Walks 145
$507.5K Salary $20K
*Yankees have played