Yankees phenom Aaron Judge did to Citi Field what he has done to seemingly every other park: Turn it into launching pad.
Judge crushed a mammoth upper-deck home run that was measured at 457 feet, but his teammates insist went much further.
“Never seen a ball go up there,” Chase Headley said. “If that ball only went 450 then no ball is ever going 500 feet because that ball was crushed.”
“[It must’ve gone] 530 feet. They told me 450 feet, [and I] told them no chance. At least 500 feet, one of the furthest I’ve seen,’’ Didi Gregorius said.
“I felt like that was 550. It looked like it,’’ Yankees starter Jaime Garcia said. “He’s great, man.”
And who was to argue? Not struggling Robert Gsellman, whose head dropped the minute the ball left Judge’s bat. Not Yoenis Cespedes, who never looked, never turned, never even moved in left field. And not the Mets, beaten 5-3 and losers of three straight in this runaway Subway Series.
The towering home run — Judge’s AL-leading 37th of his breakout first full season — left the sellout crowd of 42,260 stunned. Everybody except the man who actually hit it, who never saw it land.