Aaron Judge is one home run away from breaking the AL record and the Yankees

Aaron Judge is one step away from making history after finally hitting his 61st home run of the season.

The New York Yankees star has been in unstoppable form this season and is poised to break the American League and team record for home runs.

His seventh-inning hit against the Toronto Blue Jays put him level with Bronx legend Roger Maris. Incredibly, it was his 34th plate appearance after hitting his 60th home run.

Judge surpassed another baseball legend in Babe Ruth when he hit his 60th home run of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 20, but it’s been a bit of a wait for his 61st. He had gone seven games without hitting a home run.

Maris previously held the American League and Yankees record, set in 1961, one ahead of Ruth’s regular season record of 60 from 1927.

And in one poignant moment, Judge’s mother sat next to Maris’s son as the Yankees hero walked shoulder-to-shoulder with Maris in baseball history.

As Judge walked the bases, he pointed to his ecstatic Yankees team, who were going wild in celebration.

Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

After a long wait, Judge finally landed the historic blow in the seventh inning in Canada.

After a long wait, Judge finally landed the historic blow in the seventh inning in Canada.

After a long wait, Judge finally landed the historic blow in the seventh inning in Canada.

As he rounded the bases, Judge pointed to his Yankees team watching

As he rounded the bases, Judge pointed to his Yankees team watching

As he rounded the bases, Judge pointed to his Yankees team watching

Every Yankee hugged Judge after he walked the bases after a seven-game wait for No. 61

Every Yankee hugged Judge after he walked the bases after a seven-game wait for No. 61

Every Yankee hugged Judge after he walked the bases after a seven-game wait for No. 61

The judge recognized his mother, who was watching from the stands, after he hit 61

The judge recognized his mother, who was watching from the stands, after he hit 61

The judge recognized his mother, who was watching from the stands, after he hit 61

Surprisingly, the home run ball slipped from the fingertips of a fan in the stands. He slid down a wall and fell into a gap between the stands and the pitch. A Yankees staff member managed to retrieve it for Judge to keep.

In typical style, Judge stepped up and delivered just when the Yankees needed him in the game.

After the Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Blue Jays fought back and the scores were level in the seventh when Judge was back at the plate.

Tim Mayza was the pitcher Judge hit 61 and it was a two run home run that gave the Yankees a firm grip on the game once again.

He now has seven games to break the record, enough time to make it unattainable. Amazingly, Judge has reached 61 home runs 61 years after Maris set the record.

Judge is also in contention to win the Triple Crown as he is alone in RBIs and batting average. If he accomplished the feat, he would be the first Yankee to win the elusive title since Mickey Mantle 66 years ago.

Since connecting for No. 60 against Pittsburgh last week to spark a ninth-inning comeback, the four-time All-Star has gone 5-for-18 with three doubles, eight walks and eight strikeouts.

The closest he came to matching Maris’ mark in 1961 was a 404-foot shot caught just in front of the center-field fence on Thursday.

Pirates pitcher Eric Stout was criticized by Yankees fans as “the biggest coward in baseball” after he walked Judge in the eighth inning after his team rallied to carry him. at the plate in an attempt to tie Maris for 61 home runs last Wednesday.

Judge then went on a rampage with the umpire after his close call against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday and then the final game of the series was called off after a 98-minute delay, sending Judge chasing Maris in Toronto. this week.

Judge was drafted by the Yankees minor leagues in 2013, later signing a $1.8 million contract, however, he suffered an injury and was unable to participate that season.

Judge hit a historic 60th home run of the season in the first game of the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Judge hit a historic 60th home run of the season in the first game of the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Judge hit a historic 60th home run of the season in the first game of the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Judge has been in unstoppable form this season and is about to make history.

Judge has been in unstoppable form this season and is about to make history.

Judge has been in unstoppable form this season and is about to make history.

Judge has been instrumental in the Yankees' dominance of the AL East, but his contract will be up soon.

Judge has been instrumental in the Yankees' dominance of the AL East, but his contract will be up soon.

Judge has been instrumental in the Yankees’ dominance of the AL East, but his contract will be up soon.

He played for the Yankees minor league from 2014 to 2016, when he was promoted to the major leagues.

During his 2017 rookie season, he broke many records: he hit a home run with the fastest exit velocity in history at the time and earned recognition for hitting the longest home run of the season.

By 2019, he became the third-fastest MLB player to hit 100 home runs and had the highest average exit velocity of any Major League Baseball player, at 95.9 mph.

Judge turned down a seven-year, $213.5 million extension offer from New York before the season and is out of contract at season’s end.

After struggling with injuries from 2019-20 and failing to return to form from his 52-homer rookie season, Judge had a strong 2021 and ultimately decided to terminate his contract after deeming the Yankees’ offer too low.

Judge is now reportedly in line for a $300 million contract in free agency.

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