Aaron Judge isn’t limited to helping the New York Yankees with the longball, as he proved Saturday night in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series when he made a phenomenal home-run stealing catch in the second inning.
Judge, all 6-feet-7 of him, crashed into the wall and robbed what would have been a solo homer off the bat of Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel. In a Game 7, every run counts even more than it normally would, and this one helped the Yankees avoid an early hole. But it didn’t help them win. The Astros would prevail 4-0 and advance to the World Series.
AARON JUDGE! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
What a grab! https://t.co/IULCtnmhtk
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 22, 2017
This isn’t the first great grab Judge has made this series or this postseason. He had another wall-thumpin’ catch in Game 3 of this series, which probably wouldn’t have been a homer but it did steal extra bases from the Astros. In Game 3 of the ALDS, also stole a homer from the Indians.
Being a giant in the outfield certainly has its benefits.
Judge’s catch immediately spawned some debate among famous Game 7 catches. Ex-MLB pitcher Danny Graves tweeted that Judge’s catch is better than Endy Chavez’s famous catch from the 2006 NLCS Game 7 for the New York Mets
— Danny Graves (@dgravy32) October 22, 2017
That seems like a prisoner-of-the-moment type take, but here’s the Chavez catch for comparison:
What do you think? Which was better?
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