Aaron Judge has stormed the baseball world this year. The large adult son/rookie has been an absolute revelation. He's blasted a Major League-leading 15 home runs entering Monday's game against the Royals and has put to rest any questions about his penchant for striking out in the Minors. He's even shown off his 6-foot-7 frame in the outfield with a series of amazing catches.
It inspired some truly invested fans to show up in judges' robes and white wigs. Now, the Yankees have made it official. With faux wood paneling to resemble a courtroom's jury box, the team has officially marked three rows in section 104 as the "Judge's Chambers."
Here's a photo of the Judge and his chamber during Monday's game:
There's one catch, though: You can't buy tickets to sit there. Instead, the team will be choosing specific fans and their families to sit in the seats. At first, it will likely be fans in Aaron Judge gear along with their families, with community organizations, charities and Little League teams the next groups getting the chance to sit in on the court's proceedings.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch talked to Judge about the new seating area after the Yanks' 4-2 win:
As to whether he was asked about it beforehand:
Judge was also pretty surprised to already have a permanent spot in the stadium:
Brett Gardner also appreciated the new attraction:
While fans in the Judge's Chambers will get a good view of the rookie in right field, if you want to snag one of Judge's rulings (what we should be calling his home runs), your best bet is in left field -- even if the the slugger has managed to hit dingers to every part of the yard.