But then he made a move that quickly went viral on social media Tuesday night.
The man handed the ball to a boy in a New York Yankees cap and Judge T-shirt a row behind.
Overcome with emotion, the boy started crying and hugged the man.
The baseball world couldn’t stop watching video of the Blue Jays fan’s kind act and the overwhelming joy on the young Yankees fan’s face.
“Enjoy the kindness,” read the official MLB Twitter account.
“What’s the point,” the Yankees tweeted.
“That’s what’s so special about this game, man,” Judge said upon learning of the exchange. “It doesn’t matter what jersey you wear, everyone is a fan, everyone appreciates this game. That’s pretty cool. I have to watch the video. This is something special.”
Judge’s big blast put the rising Yankees on the road to another win.
Judge homed and drove in three carries, Jameson Taillon allowed a run in six innings, and the Yankees extended their streak to 11 games by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 Tuesday night.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his fifth of the season. New York leads MLB with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the past 11 games.
“Everything clicks,” said Stanton. “The timely hitting, the pitching was great. We just have to keep it going.”
Judge’s game-changing solo homer in the sixth inning was his ninth of the season and put him in the lead with teammate Anthony Rizzo.
“It definitely pumped some life into us,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge’s 427-foot shot into the second deck.
Judge has 13 RBIs in his last five games and added a two-run double in New York’s six-run seventh inning.
Taillon (2-1) allowed five hits, missed none and knocked out four to win his second straight decision.
“I thought that’s the best thing he’s thrown the ball since he’s been here as far as that stuff goes,” Boone said. “It’s really exciting what he’s doing.”
Josh Donaldson and Marwin Gonzalez each had RBI doubles and Aaron Hicks reached base four times as the Yankees improved to 18-6. It’s the seventh time in franchise history that New York has won 18 of its first 24 games.
New York’s winning streak is also the longest in the majors this season (the Yankees won 13 straight games from Aug. 14-27 last year).
Toronto, meanwhile, recorded a 32-game unbeaten streak dating back to September 24, 2021. The Blue Jays also lost a series for the first time that season.
Toronto went 1 for 11 with runners in goal position and left seven on base.
“We’re cold but we’ll get it working eventually,” said manager Charlie Montoyo.
One of New York’s runs in the seventh game came when home plate umpire Ron Kulpa ruled Gonzalez dodged a punch from Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in a rundown between the third game and the home game. Replays appeared to show that Guerrero had tagged Gonzalez, but Toronto had already lost their challenge earlier in the inning.
Boone said he assumed Gonzalez would be out and was watching the other runners to see if they could get on.
“I just saw him twirl and twirl,” Boone said of Gonzalez. “The next thing I know, he’s shaking hands with us.”
After two of the first three batters reached against Blue Jays right-hander Alex Manoah, he retired 15 straight batters and knocked out six.
Hicks got a one-off single in sixth, but was knocked out trying to get second place with Judge at the plate. Two pitches later, Judge hit his game-changing home run.
“That was a huge homer,” said Taillon. “He got all of that. It definitely lifted everyone a bit.”
Adam Cimber (4-1) replaced Manoah in the sixth, giving up RBI doubles to Donaldson and Gonzalez.
Julian Merryweather replaced Cimber but drew none of the four batsmen he faced. After Gonzalez hit Trevino after picking Jose, Hicks hit an RBI single and Judge followed up with a two-run double.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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