Roger Maris Jr has sensationally claimed that Aaron Judge should be considered the new record holder for most runs in a single season after tying the milestone set by Roger Maris, 61 years earlier.
The son of the Yankees legend, who died in 1985 at the age of 51, was in the stands Wednesday when Judge tied his father’s record, set in 1961, in a resounding 8-3 Yankees victory over the Yankees. Blue Jays. at the Rogers Center.
It means a lot, not just to me. I think it means a lot to a lot of people that he’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the right way and I think it gives people a chance to look at someone who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs and not just as a guy who did in the American League,’ Maris Jr. said in a postgame interview after Judge’s accomplishment.
Aaron Judge reunites with Roger Maris Jr. after tying his father’s home run record of 61 on Wednesday
Judge hit his 61st home run of the season in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Roger Maris Sr surpassed Babe Ruth’s 1961 home run record of 60 after playing 155 games for NY
“He should be revered and celebrated as the single-season home run champion, not just the American league home run champion,” Maris Jr. added. He should be celebrated. I can’t think of anyone better that baseball can look up to than Aaron Judge, who is the face of baseball, to do that.’
Maris’ 1961 home run record is seen as something of a controversy in today’s lenses, as the previous record for home runs in a single season (60) set by Babe Ruth in 1927 was achieved over a period of time in which the league had a total of 154 games. schedule for all 30 MLB teams.
Before Maris broke Ruth’s record, the schedule for American League teams had been changed to 62 games. Maris also hit his 61st home run in the final game of the season, leading to skepticism about the legitimacy of his record.
Controversy over the record didn’t stop there, though, as both Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds surpassed the milestone, respectively, with 73 and 70 home runs in 1998 and 2001 before both players were found guilty of using mood-enhancing drugs. performance.
‘I make. I think most people do,” Maris Jr said when asked if he disqualified the achievements of Bonds and McGwire when it came to his father’s record.
The judge celebrated with his teammates after reaching the Maris milestone at the Rogers Center in Toronto
Maris Jr agreed that Barry Bonds’ record of 71 home runs in 2001 should be considered illegitimate.
The league has stated on previous occasions that it views Bonds’ record of 73 home runs as the official ceiling. The now-retired slugger reached the milestone while playing for the San Francisco Giants.
MLB’s stance won’t bother Maris Jr, as he sees Judge as the real record breaker. He has even attended each of the last nine Yankees games and saw Judge successfully hit 60 on Sept. 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
However, the two people did not meet until Wednesday night, when Judge finally turned 61. They first met in the Yankees’ clubhouse, after Maris Jr. had sat next to Judge’s mother, Patty, at the game.
“The philosophy was, ‘Let Aaron do what Aaron is doing, trying to hit the home runs and not be a distraction,'” Maris Jr. said. “Obviously, the Yankees are trying to get a playoff spot … I didn’t want to meet him until he actually hit the home run.”
It took time and patience to break the record, as Judge hadn’t scored in the last seven games, his second-longest drought in a single season.
“Aaron is driving us from country to country, trying to see him reach his 61st,” Maris Jr. joked. It’s been a little crazy. It seemed like every time he comes to bat, it’s a 3-2 count, so we just sit there and just [deal with] anticipation upon anticipation, launch after launch after launch.’
Funny enough, Judge hit a 117 mph home run over the left field wall in the top of the seventh as the Blue Jays’ Tim Mayza went 3-2.
“The ironic thing was it’s the ninth day I’ve been here,” Maris Jr. said. “He wears 99, my dad wears 9. It’s kind of weird the way it all worked out.”
Maris Jr sat next to Judge’s mother, Patty, who hugged her son after Wednesday’s game.
Judge will now focus on surpassing Maris’ record of 61 home runs and will have the opportunity to do so against the Baltimore Orioles in New York on Friday.
“Now I’m thinking, ‘Okay, we’re going to go to Yankee Stadium and I’ll probably be 62 on Oct. 1, when dad is 61,'” Maris Jr. said.
However, the son of the Yankees legend does not expect a similar drought before the occasion.
“I don’t think it’s going to take long,” Maris Jr. said. I think he’s on the loose. i think the party [for officially winning the AL on Tuesday], holding, I think he let it go. After she hit that home run and got to bat the next time she could see her face, I mean, she hit another seed. It is noted that he has returned and is ready to leave.
“I think it will happen in New York and that is where you want it to happen. It’s where I want it to happen,’ she added emphatically. ‘New York City deserves it, the fans deserve it. I think it will be great for baseball if it happens in New York. As I mentioned to Aaron, “Go to New York and hit 62 and knock off the top of Yankee Stadium.” It’s going to be fun.
Maris Jr also recalled how proud his father would have been of Judge, if he were still alive today to see his record tied and potentially broken. The legendary Yankees hitter would be 88 years old.
“Obviously I would be very proud of Aaron for the way he carries himself, the way he comes into the stadium every day mentally prepared, physically prepared,” Maris Jr. said. “It’s about doing the team thing. It’s about winning, and the focus on winning a championship and bringing a world championship.’