After being hit by a 93-mph in tonight’s game, Aaron Judge will miss at least three weeks with a fractured wrist. It’s a tough break (literally) for the Yankees, as the gargantuan outfielder leads the team in home runs (26), extra-base hits (46), OBP (.398), and OPS (.947). In the last two seasons, he’s ranked second in MLB for fewest at-bats per home run. JD Martinez is first, in case you were wondering.
Of course, it’s all baseball fans can talk about on Twitter tonight, as it will likely seriously impact the Yankees.
Yankees fans are desperate to take part in a wrist transplant, while Red Sox fan reactions range from gloating to stating the facts of the situation. The rest of the baseball world is taking sides in what I consider to be a nonexistent fight.
Some people say you’re not a real fan if pretend you’re not happy when a rival team’s player gets hurt. But I say it’s the opposite.
Don’t get me wrong: I hate the Yankees. But let me be clear: I hate the team and franchise. That does not mean I actively hate human beings or root for physical harm to come to them. Besides, as painful as it is for me to say something nice about a Yankee, Aaron Judge seems like a genuinely good guy. It’s not like he’s ARod, or Bucky Dent, or Harry Frazee.
I’m happy the Red Sox’s path to the postseason seems a little easier right now. But we lost to the Twins tonight in one of the dumbest games I’ve ever seen. I won’t count the Yankees out, and I’d urge the Red Sox (and my fellow fans) to heed the words of Alex Cora: “be humble, stay hungry.”
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