Larger than life, Aaron Judge officially arrives as an October hero

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NEW YORK — Now we know where our grandfathers were coming from when they told their stories about Babe Ruth, and how he could fill a ballpark with his overpowering presence at the plate. Aaron Judge is his generation’s Bambino, plus 67 pounds of muscle and five inches of height. We are all lucky to be in his time.

He hit a majestic home run over the center field wall in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, and its flight awakened the sleeping beast that was the Yankee Stadium crowd. The fans were thinking this was a lost New York cause, and for good reason: The Houston Astros still held a 4-1 lead, and still had Dallas Keuchel waiting in Game 5. The same Dallas Keuchel who has built a cottage industry out of destroying any and all pinstriped dreams.

But there was Judge again with one out and a man on third in the eighth, the deficit suddenly whittled to

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