If you’d asked me a few weeks ago, I probably would have told you that I didn’t care if Aaron Judge hit homer 60, 61 or 62 against us.
I’m not sure what’s changed, but in the words of the great Mox from Varsity Blues, “I say, ‘**** that.’” I do not want to see our guys pitching to him this weekend.
I do not want to see Judge (who, for the record, I don’t have much of a problem with) celebrating at our expense. I don’t want to see his teammates celebrating at our expense. I sure as hell don’t want to see their fans celebrating at our expense.
Nothing would please me more this weekend than seeing Yankee fans crying about how we walked Judge 12-15 times over three games and how they bought tickets to see him hit #62 and blah blah blah. Nothing would please me more than, after years of seeing Judge destroy our pitching, giving him absolutely nothing to hit and having him stand on first base all weekend while the boos rain down.
I want us to be the bad guys. I want us to be the killjoys. I do not want Hyde to give in. And even if he does have our guys pitch to Judge, I want our guys to be smart and throw everything in the dirt. Or airmail it over the home plate umpire.
I doubt it happens. I’m sure some poor sap like Baumann or Baker or Krehbiel or Reed will go down in history as the sucker who grooved a belt high fastball to Judge for #62. He’ll be on replays forever. And after the game he’ll give some stock answer about “wanting to challenge him” or something which is silly because our pitching hasn’t ever been a challenge for Judge.
So, Hyde and/or Elias, if you’re reading, just walk Judge all weekend long. Make the Yankees and their fans miserable. Be the bad guys. Don’t let anyone have fun at our expense. It’s a new era for Orioles baseball, we’re no longer a laughingstock. No longer a team to set records against. No longer a team to beat up on. Do not give in.
I think it's pretty simple... they like him more than Tyler Nevin as a backup 1B, and they don't trust anyone else on the team to play first base. There were reports of Santander and Gunnar taking reps at first but nothing saying that the results were passable. I'm guessing they didn't like what they saw.
Great contributions at the MLB level from top prospects this year....Adley, Gunner of course, but Stowers, Vavra playing big roles. But look what is still on the way....and soon!
Great seasons from Westburg, Norby, Ortiz, Cowser, who all finish the season at AAA with OPS > .800 on the season. Then we have Coby Mayo and Hunter Haskin at Bowie. Krjstad wasn't great at Aberdeen, but his slash line for the season was still .309/394/457/851 on the year. That's at least 7 very high end hitting prospects before you even get into the great debuts from several of the 2022 class.
Honestly I know people want to go for it in 2023, but I don't think we need to spend big money on free agent bats. Much rather invest any increased salary $$ in pitching