If it wasn't for the historic efforts from Aaron Judge (in a contract year), Nestor Cortes easily would have been the story of the season for the New York Yankees. The electric lefty starting pitcher turned into another staff ace (alongside Gerrit Cole) en route to a career-best 2.44 ERA across 28 starts.
But when you break the 61-year-old AL home run record and nearly capture the triple crown, that takes precedence. That's exactly what Judge did in his contract year. And while the hearts of Yankees fans will ache until the ink is dry on a potential record-setting contract extension (we're still waiting, Judge), it almost seems a formality.
Aaron Judge will re-sign to become a lifetime Yankee. And in doing so, he'll be named the next Yankee captain. Maybe that's just a hopeful Yankee fan trying to speak it into existence, but there's good reason why.
Cortes recently wrote an article for The Players Tribune and shared a little nugget of just another reason why Judge deserves the illustrious captain title.
The nugget gave this Yankee fan chills and here's why. Cortes spoke, at length, about why be believes the 2022 version of his historic franchise is "special." His example tells a story about Judge.
"So when we're on the road, and we finish up that last game of a series and we're packing up to leave? A lot of the players, myself included, we won't leave the clubhouse until Aaron leaves. No one says anything. We don't make a big deal of it. But it's just like ... that's our guy. It's a respect thing," said Cortes.
In an organization that's existed for 119 years, there have only been 15 Yankees captains. Derek Jeter was the last. And if the way Judge carries himself doesn't remind you of Jeter, you've been living under a rock.
He carries himself with grace, both on the field and in front of the intimidating New York media. This little nugget from Cortes exemplifies the leadership that Judge commands, without even trying to.
Add in the fact that he'll likely take home an MVP trophy to the greatest offensive season baseball fans have seen in decades? That honor of getting named captain just makes too much sense. And this Yankees fan will keep speaking that into existence until the day it rings true.
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