Aaron Judge: The End of a Career in Pinstripes


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By Maddison Waitt, Staff Writer

Pinstripes. New York. Legacy. These are the three words that come to mind when someone thinks of the New York Yankees. However, for the past couple of months, fans were uncertain if Aaron Judge wanted to be associated with them. The 30-year-old slugger, who just set an American League record of 62 home runs in one season, became a free agent at the end of the season. That being said, it was up to him which team he would be playing for when the season started back up in March. And up until last week, the decision was still up in the air.

For the most part, Judge’s decision was narrowed down between two teams, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees. Each team had its own appeal to Judge. If he remained with the Yankees, he would have spent his entire career with them, obtained the possibility of getting his number retired, a plaque in Monument Park (a designated part of Yankee Stadium for outstanding retired players), and the captain title, which hasn’t been held since Derek Jeter. On the contrary, the Giants were his favorite childhood team, and he grew up an hour outside of San Francisco. He also admitted to TIME magazine that when he was a senior in high school, he told his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Samantha Bracksieck, that in 10 years they’d be married and he’d be “playing for the San Francisco Giants.” Upon hearing this, Yankee fans were almost certain Judge would be returning home to San Francisco for the remainder of his career. Matters only escalated when on Tuesday the 6th, MLB reporter Jon Heyman falsely reported that Judge would be joining the Giants this upcoming season. Luckily for Yankee fans, the truth was that Judge signed a 9-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees, meaning the Bronx home run king would be wearing pinstripes next spring. Now the only question left is when spring training starts up, will it be announced that Judge is also the captain of the New York Yankees?