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Sometimes when New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judges crushes a ball, it’s not even worth the outfielders’ time trying to track it.
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes learned this on Wednesday when Judge launched a home run so deep that it wasn’t worth Cespedes’ energy to pretend to chase it.
In the top of the fourth, Judge hit a 457-foot home run, his 37th of the season, that went into the third deck of Citi Field.
Here’s the shot:
As ESPN noted, Cespedes’ reaction is priceless – he didn’t even move for the ball.
After the game, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius refused to believe the ball only went 457 feet.
“Five hundred thirty feet. That’s what I told everybody,” Gregorius said, adding, “They said 450. There’s no chance. That’s one of the furthest, I think.”
A view from where the ball landed:
Aaron Judge's homer landed HERE. pic.twitter.com/PmDC79p9gq
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 17, 2017
Judge has been in a slump since his jaw-dropping Home Run Derby performance. Since the All-Star break, Judge is batting just .185 with a .398 slugging. Though his seven home runs are still solid, he’s slowed down considerably, and his strikeout rate has skyrocketed (on Wednesday he also broke the record for consecutive games with a strikeout by a position player).
Going into the stretch run, with the Yankees vying for a Wild Card spot, the team could use Judge to snap out of his funk. Perhaps Wednesday’s moonshot will do that.