Yankees Fans Have Aaron Judge’s Number, All Over Their Backs
Our fans get to see it a lot of times during the games here, but now they’re going to get a chance to see it in B. P.”
When the gates opened Monday, fans surged down the stairs and pooled in the right-field bleachers.
Saeed Ahmad, who works at Stadium Souvenirs on River Avenue, right next to the stadium,
said Judge’s jersey was by far the most popular shirt sold in his store.
Next Monday night, he will be the headliner in the home run derby, an event that may be more popular among fans than the All-Star Game itself.
But on Monday, the Yankees opened the ballpark an hour early — offering early arrivals a
rare chance to see Judge hit some more tape-measure shots, even if they didn’t count.
Riding on the subway toward Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon, hours before the Yankees played the Blue Jays in
the opener of their three-game series this week, it was hard to walk 10 feet and not encounter someone in a No.
“It’s incredible,” Judge said before Monday night’s game of the fan support he receives, adding, “I’m just really appreciative.”
As are the Yankees, who know their attendance lately owes as big a debt to Judge as it does to the team’s 44-38 record.
One fan, Kim Tse, brought her three children — Kelsey, Lindsay and Jack — and dressed them all in the kind of black-rimmed glasses
that Judge wore in a skit on “The Tonight Show.” In the skit, Judge pretended to be someone else as he asked people what they thought of Judge.