Aaron Judge hits baseballs a long way -- this fact has been proved time and time again this season. But at Citi Field, during Wednesday's Yankees-Mets game, he hit one where only current Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has reached before: The third deck. How far is that from home plate? This far:
Statcast listed it at 457 feet, sailing 117.5 mph. It was a moonshot, up there with the planes that pass over from nearby LaGuardia Airport. So, of course, the reactions were very fun.
Cespedes never moved, having firsthand experience with such blasts:
CC Sabathia reacted like he'd just seen how Game of Thrones ends:
Didi Gregorious looked frightened:
For Judge, it was business as usual:
While Robert Gsellman could barely watch:
According to MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent Joshua Lobel, the fan who caught the ball was Joe from Brooklyn. He was at the game with his 7-year-old son and both were big Judge fans who'd seen the slugger play in the Minors. And no, of course they didn't expect to get one in the third deck on Wednesday night.
Gsellman somehow recovered from the homer to pitch well -- giving up just two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.