It's not often the baseball world is able to witness a historic moment like the one New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge pulled off on Tuesday night. In the first inning of the night's doubleheader, Judge led off with a towering home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco.
This was his highly-anticipated 62nd home run on the season, breaking a 61-year-old record by Yankee legend Roger Maris for the most home runs in a single season in American League history. Notably, Maris previously broke another Yankee legend Babe Ruth's previous mark of 60.
There's always another side to notable home run records, and that's the pitcher involved.
Tinoco, a four-year MLB veteran with just 3 career starts under his belt, spoke with reporters following the game. He opened up about the feelings involved in surrendering such a historic milestone.
Aaron Judge 62nd Home Run
Tinoco took a very mature approach to the situation, and like many of the other Rangers pitchers in this final regular-season series, was unafraid of challenging the new AL Home Run King.
“It’s part of the game. I challenged him and he just hit the home run. ... I wasn’t nervous at all, though. I have a routine and I went through it like any other time. I’m a pitcher. I know I have to go in and compete -- and that’s what I did.”- Jesus Tinoco
With his matter-of-fact mindset in hand, it was clear this home run didn't strike fear or shake the confidence of the 27-year-old pitcher.
Whether he likes it or not, Tinoco's name will also hold a place in baseball history. He'll forever be associated with this incredible milestone, and cheers to him for taking the challenge head on.
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