Aaron Judge unfazed by Yankee Stadium boos amid slow start

Even New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge is not above being booed by the fans amid his slow start to the season.

Most players who have worn the pinstripes for a significant amount of time have experienced the rain of boos from Yankees fans. Whether it’s right or not, they are going to let players know how they feel when they are underperforming.

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For Judge, that came Saturday afternoon in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. With a chance to start a rally in a tie game, Judge struck out for the fourth time in the game, earning himself the dreaded golden sombrero.

Yankees fans had seen enough from their captain that day and decided to rain down some boos. Even so, Judge was unfazed.

“I’ve heard worse,” Judge said after the extra-innings loss. “I’d probably be doing the same thing in their situation.”

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Handling the boos is a tricky situation. Criticizing the fans for booing during a slump is only going to draw more ire from the fanbase. Being too nonchalant about it might show a player doesn’t care enough.

With Judge, we know how badly he wants to win and what it means to him to wear the pinstripes. Even Derek Jeter was subject to Yankee Stadium boos during his infamous 0-for-32 stretch at the beginning of the 2004 season.

“It’s still early. It’s a long season,” Judge said. “I’m just missing the pitch. When I get a pitch in the zone, I’ve got to capitalize on it. I don’t get too many. That’s what it comes down to: Don’t miss your pitch when you get it.”

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Judge is hitting a paltry .179 with just three home runs while fellow star Juan Soto is living the dream in right field hitting .354.

It’s best to give Judge the benefit of the doubt given his track record, but the fans are still going to remind him when he’s struggling until he turns it around.

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