Road to the Show: Aaron Judge
Adopted and raised in Linden, California, Aaron Judge’s parents Wayne and Patty knew he was going to be special. By the time he enrolled at Linden High, Aaron towered over his peers at his 6’7”. A football, basketball, and baseball phenom, his size and athletic skill left him with a mailbox full of scholarship offers.
Ultimately, Judge’s love for baseball exceeded that of football and basketball, and before the end of his senior year he had been drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round. Realizing the potential of fulfilling his dream of playing in the Majors, Judge opted to attend Fresno State and develop himself before trying to climb the ladder through the minor leagues.
At Fresno State, Judge did what he has always done best. Mash baseballs. Bursting onto the scene, the California native hit .358 with a .902 OPS his Freshman season, earning himself Louisville All-American honors. The next season, Judge had the opportunity to participate in the College Home Run Derby. Not to the surprise of his teammates who saw him take batting practice everyday, Judge won the 2012 College Home Run Derby with ease.
Judge’s exceptional playing career at Fresno State translated into a 1st round draft choice in 2013. Selected by the New York Yankees with the 32nd overall pick, the California kid was given a chance to shine in the Big Apple with the Bronx Bombers.
On August 12th, 2016, Judge's his phone rang. The next day, Aaron Judge would finally make his debut on the big league diamond in front of 40,000 faithful at Yankee Stadium. In his first plate appearance, Judge clobbered Matt Andriese’s 1-2 pitch over the centerfield fence. The ball landed on the netting covering monument park, a place where so many Yankee legends are remembered, and a place where Aaron hopes to earn a monument of his own someday.
Judge is also off to a great start in Spring Training, as he belted this first pitch fastball off the scoreboard in left.