Thursday night's game in Oakland was a homecoming of sorts for Aaron Judge. The Yankees slugger grew up about 85 miles away, where he was an absolute monster at Linden High School -- and not just in the batter's box:
These days, pitchers are probably wishing that he had stuck to football, or at least stayed on the mound.
Judge's connections to Oakland run even deeper. Shortly after the Yankees drafted him out of Fresno State in 2013, he met the team on a West Coast road trip right at the Coliseum, where he took some batting practice. The YES Network's description of his intimidating figure is awfully familiar.
Just four years later, Judge leads MLB with 22 homers, and he's made a habit of launching massive homers in BP. Thursday was his first trip back to Oakland as a Major Leaguer, and he put on a show for the fans there, too.
They just need to keep an eye out:
Just like a Yankee Stadium employee last week, an A's fan thought it was safe to pick up the last ball Judge hit, but he promptly hit one to exactly the same spot. They have to be careful out there!
To be fair, that was the second of two straight moonshots to the Plaza Reserve level, otherwise known as Chad Pinder territory. It's just not normal for players to hit balls that far to the same place, even in BP. But that's Judge in a nutshell.