Aaron Judge Addresses Cheating Allegations After Suspicious Glances

Judge blasted two homers Monday


May 16, 2023

Aaron Judge is no stranger to capturing the attention of the baseball world, but the Yankees slugger did so in a fashion different than usual Monday night.

Blue Jays broadcasters raised their eyebrows at Judge’s eighth-inning at-bat in the series opener between Toronto and New York at Rogers Centre. On more than one occasion, the 2022 American League MVP shot a quick glance toward the Yankees’ dugout, which isn’t exactly commonplace. The six-pitch at-bat concluded with Judge walloping a 462-foot home run to center field off an 83 mph slider from right-handed reliever Jay Jackson. It was Judge’s second homer of the game, and the pair of dingers helped the Bronx Bombers grab a 7-4 win.

After the game, Judge explained the suspicious looks before the colossal long ball.

“A lot of chirping from our dugout, which I really didn’t like in the situation where it’s a 6-0 game and I know Booney (Yankees manager Aaron Boone) got tossed,” Judge told reporters, per a clip shared by Jomboy Media. “I was trying to save Booney by calling timeout like, hey, hold up here. Let me work here. So, I was kind of trying to see who was chirping in the dugout. Like, it’s 6-0. Booney got tossed, let’s go to work now.”

Boone was ejected for arguing a questionable strike call on the third pitch of Judge’s eighth-inning at-bat. The Yankees manager corroborated Judge’s explanation after the game, explaining the four-time All-Star was distracted by the noise coming out of the New York dugout.

The Yankees and the Blue Jays will meet again Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET.

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