NEW YORK — Anticipating the electric atmosphere at Yankee Stadium surrounding Aaron Judge’s quest for the franchise and the AL’s single-season home run record, Gerrit Cole didn’t hold back.
“They’re going to be on the edge,” Cole said, imagining fans slamming the padded sidewalls of the outfield and screaming for all they’re worth.
And there’s more.
“Beer is going to fly everywhere, it probably won’t be a kid-friendly environment in the stands,” Cole said. Simply put, “it’s going to be crazy”.
How could all this happen if the judge belts his 60e homer of the year, then ties Roger Maris’ mark of 61, then blasts No. 62 on that six-game homestand from Tuesday?
The role of MLB
After The judge threw home runs Nos. 58 and 59 On Sunday in Milwaukee, baseballs specially marked with an MLB hologram were delivered to home plate umpire Gabe Morales.
Naturally, this is to authenticate all ball judge shots from now on, with 16 games remaining in the season.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred primarily reserves his appearances for the game’s showpiece events, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him at the stadium during this homestand.
Additionally, representatives from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are expected to be there to collect historical artifacts from the judge’s historic suit, up to and including his uniform, helmet and bat.
The role of the Yankees
The second half was a tough one for Hal Steinbrenner, who was booed at the stadium during a few recent on-pitch ceremonies.
But the property is likely to make a presence in the Bronx for Judge’s historic moment, which will only remind Yankees Universe that they didn’t sign the face of the franchise to a multi-year extension this spring.
Once the single-season home run record is tied and surpassed, appropriate gifts commemorating the moment could be in the works.
Would marble go to the judge or would he want it in the Yankees museum or the Hall of Fame?
Also, you expect video tributes to be in the works.
Yankees royalty could be represented, led by Derek Jeter, and maybe Alex Rodriguez will be asked for a congratulatory video.
With his 55th homer, Judge passed the A-Rod Yankees mark as the right-handed hitter with the most single-season home runs in franchise history.
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Baseball 60, 61 and 62
These will be the most valuable and sought after baseballs in the judge’s bat.
And if they navigate the stands, that’s where the bidding begins.
The Yankees will position their security personnel between the foul lines and in the left-field and right-field bleachers, ready to welcome the lucky fan who nabs a piece of history.
That’s when the negotiations begin, likely beginning with a meeting with the judge, a photo op and several autographed items, from balls to bats and hats.
Where to sit at Yankee Stadium
If you’re trying to be the modern-day Sal Durante and nab Judge’s record home run (Durante gifted it to Maris, who told him to keep it), where do you sit for a chance to grab the story ?
Well, judge’s home runs are driven in almost every area beyond the fences.
The distribution of its 59 circuits this year is approximately…
Right field: 11.
Center right field: 9.
Center field: 9.
Center left field: 15.
Left field: 15.
And how much do these tickets cost?
There were still bleacher tickets as low as $25 on StubHub available for Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The same tickets start at $72 when the Boston Red Sox come to town on Thursday night.