It seems like just yesterday Aaron Judge was seen walking by the Boston Red Sox locker room at Fenway Park blasting “New York, New York” through his boombox speakers after the New York Yankees’ (lone) 6-2 win in the American League Division Series.
As you know, Boston went on to win the next two games to eliminate that Bronx Bombers on their home turf. They then beat the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series before claiming baseball’s crown against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While many fans saw Judge’s tactics as trolling, his manager isn’t as convinced.
“I think it was a little more coincidental than people might think and a little less intentional than people might think,” Aaron Boone said, via MassLive. “These two teams, between the lines it’s where it’s happening. Neither team needs a little egging on or motivation. I don’t really think that plays one way or the other that much honestly.
“Anytime you win a game in a short series on the road at Fenway, sure, you always feel good about that,” he added. “You also, certainly in my position, but I think even in the player’s position, are hopefully going those kind of things produce confidence. You always understand the next day is entirely different.”
The next game, and the game after that, were vastly different than Game 2. Boston dismantled New York 16-1 in Game 3 before eliminating the Yankees’ playoffs hopes with a 4-3 Game 4 win.
And the Red Sox got the last laugh, belting the same song in the locker room of Dodger Stadium, celebrating a World Series title.