The Yankees beat the Blue Jays Monday night in Toronto, 7-4, and Aaron Judge was one of the biggest stars in a two-game game. However, there was an uproar on social media about the judge’s second Homer. First, it was a massive explosion at 462 feet. Here it is in all its glory:
That wasn’t what set the Twitterverse on fire, though.
Shortly after Yankees coach Aaron Boone was fired for arguing balls and strikes (specifically, standing up to the judge after a low hit was called incorrectly), a Toronto broadcast caught the judge staring out the side of his eyes before pitches came right to the plate and He wondered aloud what he might be looking at.
This has always led to speculation about the Yankees and Judg doing something untoward. Looking back at the catcher is not illegal; He is widely considered in the jungle league. In any case, it didn’t seem like the judge could look back at the catcher. Not without turning his head some more. It’s certainly not illegal, or even jungle league at least, to look into your dugout while you’re batting. I suppose some will claim that the Yankees had a sign steal or something, and the judge was looking in the dugout to see them running the length of the field.
A big problem with this line of thinking is that the Blue Jays used Pitchcom. Yes, the technology that enables the pitcher and catcher to transmit signals without using the catcher’s fingers, along with a nod or shake from the pitcher.
Anyway, here’s the quick discussion on air, a good shot in the judge’s eyes and then the judge drops the gavel.
After the match, the judge was asked about it. It took him a second to realize what the reporters were asking about (Take a look here). Then he said, “There was kind of chirping from our dugout, which I really didn’t like about the situation it was a 6-0 game in, and I know Boonie was thrown. I was trying to save Boonie by calling a timeout like, ‘Hey, I work here.'” I was kind of trying to see who was tweeting in the dugout. It’s 6-0, like, ‘Boonie got tossed; Let’s just get to work now.”
The judge further said he liked Boone in his defense, but once that was over, his teammates wanted to move on from arguing, noting that he had said something to a few players in the dugout. And as a reminder, Judge was named Yankees captain last season, his first since Derek Jeter.
Blue Jays pitcher Jay Jackson, who gave up that run, said the following, via Rob Longley: “I wouldn’t say anything against any organization…but for him to look that much time, it just didn’t seem like a quick look and reset to get back at the pitcher.”
Again, though, the Blue Jays were using Pitchcom. Unless the insinuation was that the Yankees somehow hacked the system and had batters look into the dugout for information mid-at bat, there was no illegal event.
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