The name Aaron Judge and the word “history” have been used in the same sentence lately, and for good reason – Judge became the sixth player in AL/NL history to hit 60 home runs in a season. with a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s victory over the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, and with two more homers, he would set an all-time American League record. But Judge’s teammates made their own history.
After Judge’s homer on Tuesday cut New York’s deficit to three runs, the Yanks charged in from Giancarlo Stanton, who threw a grand slam to secure a 9-8 victory. Then, in Wednesday’s first set against Pittsburgh, rookie Oswaldo Cabrera cashed in a grand slam to open the scoring. It was the first time in AL/NL history that a team had won a game in a Grand Slam and then scored their first four points in the next game with another Slam.
It was also only the third time a team had achieved a grand slam in the final leg of a match and then another slam in the first leg of their next contest. The others involved the Red Sox in 1955 and the Dodgers in 2017, according to Stats Perform.
The Yankees – who played back-to-back slams by Judge and Aaron Hicks against a rout by those same Pirates on July 6 – also became the first club in history to hit slams twice in one season. The feat is so rare that no other team has managed a pair of consecutive Grand Slams against the same opponent at any time in their history – let alone in the same season.
As the baseball world waits with bated breath for Judge to potentially break the hallowed AL mark of 61 homers in one season, set by Roger Maris in 1961, Judge’s teammates are setting the table and serving historic appetizers ahead of the highly anticipated main Classes.