Notable Hall of Fame snub defends Yankees’ Aaron Judge during home run slump

Andres Chavez
Aug 22, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a solo home run in the third inning against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hasn’t homered since last Tuesday, when his ninth-inning dinger set up Giancarlo Stanton’s game-winning grand slam against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Yankee Stadium.

Judge is currently stationed at 60 home runs. That long ball on Tuesday helped him tie Babe Ruth’s tally in 1927. He is just one away from matching Roger Maris’ 61 in 1961, still the Yankees’ franchise record. With two more, he will become the home run king in the Bronx, at least when it comes to single-season marks.

As a player who knows what it’s like to chase a home run record, former San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds knows what Judge is currently going through. It’s not easy to know everybody has their camera ready when you are going to the plate, that the world is watching your every move.

Bonds, if you recall correctly, is in possession of the single-season home run record in MLB with 73, achieved in 2001.

Bonds knows what the Yankees slugger is going through

Here’s what the Giants legend said on the “KayRod Cast” during Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox (via NJ Advance Media):

“Trying to get to that 61 is the hardest one. Trying to get to that one. Once he gets to it, he’s probably going to hit five or six in a row after that. But trying to get to there, that’s the hardest one, that 61 is going to be the hardest. It’s a big moment on 61.”

Bonds certainly knows what he is talking about. The Yankees hope Judge can get through that 61 soon, although it may not come at home at this point.

The Yankees will play a three-game set in Toronto, from Monday to Wednesday. They will rest on Thursday and return home to face the Baltimore Orioles at the Stadium.