Two trends of the Yankees' season came to a head after one mighty swing of Aaron Judge's bat in the AL Wild Card Game Tuesday night.
With New York holding a 5-4 lead over the Twins in the fourth inning, Judge stepped up and smacked a line-drive homer that cleared the wall in left field to push the lead to three runs. Judge hitting homers is definitely nothing new (considering he set an all-time rookie record this season), but after rounding first base, the normally stoic Judge couldn't help but crack a smile and show some emotion.
After all, this is the 25-year-old's first trip to the postseason, and that was his first career postseason homer. It was a moment.
Upon Judge's return to the dugout, he took part in another tried-and-true component of the Yankee Experience this season: The celebratory teammate interview:
An interview, you might notice, which seems to be a pretty big deal now:
The Yankees now have a branded "Toe-night Show" microphone? ...Are these fake interviews becoming real? pic.twitter.com/9efmOUOABV- Michael Clair (@michaelsclair) October 4, 2017
An action-packed night in the Bronx.
With the Wild Card Game out of the way, the Yankees are now set to face the Indians in the ALDS. Tune in to Game 1: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.