Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ extremely large tater-masher, mashed his 27th tater of the year against the White Sox last night. If you pay close attention to this video of the dinger being donged, you’ll notice Judge staring into the right-field stands as he rounds first base:
So why was Judge staring out into right field when the ball had been walloped into left? According to him, he was letting some hecklers know that they should have thought twice before giving him the business. Judge told reporters after the game that a group of fans in right had been heckling him while he was in the field, and that he wanted to send them a little message after hitting his homer:
I like having some fun with the fans. They were heckling me pretty good out there. I’m not going to say anything to them. I just gave them a little peek as I rounded the bases. I was just having some fun with them. They were kind of razzing me when I got back out there.
If you’re going to heckle an opposing outfielder, it’s usually a good idea to pick on somebody who isn’t likely to crush the hell out of a baseball. Go after Jacoby Ellsbury next time, White Sox fans. What’s he going to do, stare you down after he slaps a single up the middle?