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Aaron Judge’s 61st home run off Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza sent a ripple effect through Major League Baseball on Wednesday night.
The home run came at a key moment. The game was tied 3-3, Judge’s explosion put the Yankees up 5-3 and they never looked back, closing out the game with an 8-3 win.
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A fan dropped the ball at the Rogers Center and in the Toronto bullpen. Blue Jays pitching coach Matt Buschmann recovered the ball and found its way back to the Yankees and into the hands of Patty Judge after the game. The sweet moment came when Judge spoke to reporters.
The rest of the MLB world reacted on social media.
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Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Judge tied the record at 10 fewer games than Maris. He hit his 60th home run on September 20 in his 143rd game of the season. Also, it took Babe Ruth 150 games to do it.
Sixty-one has also become a rare phenomenon in the lore of the Yankees and baseball. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 in his 161st game. Judge tied the record 61 years later, and he may break it at E. 161st Street in the Bronx later this week.
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Judge is wearing number 99. Maris was wearing 9.
Ryan Morik of Fox News contributed to this report.