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Judge's first game as captain 'will be special'

Judge First match as captain it will be special 9

WASHINGTON – Yankees expect Anthony Volpe ; the MLB debut provided more electricity than usual for this year’s Opening Day, as the top rookie was eagerly anticipated to arrive in the Bronx. If Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Nationals was any indication, Volpe was ready to show off, and he highlighted that with a pair of impressive defensive plays on a chilly afternoon at Nationals Park.

But the team is also looking forward to Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium opener against the Giants, for another historic reason: It will mark Aaron Judge s first regular season as 14 The first captain in Yankees history.

If that storyline had freedom since Judge The player lost any momentum after dominating Hot Stove this past offseason, and that’s because Volpe’s presence this spring has monopolized much of the discussion around the club. But Judge’s captaincy hasn’t gone away for Judge or the team since Derek Jeter was in


“This is going to be special,” the judge said . “The opportunity to play on my first opening day as captain and the opportunity to play against a great organization. We will have some fun.”

Judges were awarded the honor in December and then with a nine-year contract worth 133 Million dollar free agent deal back to Yankees will keep record slugger in New York going into next decade Year. The appointment brings Judge to a select club of dignitaries to win the role, including Lou Gehrig, Ron Guidry, Don Mattingly and Willie Randolph. Judge reiterated Tuesday that he will not be wearing the “C” patch on his jersey because neither Jeter, Mattingly or any of the former Bronx Bombers captains have.

“We don’t need that much,” the judge shook head said.

Still, few people are better than Judge For the role, he broke the American League record 19 home run and AL MVP honors at Greatest “walking year” ever. On the cusp of becoming a free agent for the first time, Judge hit. 133 and leading majors in almost everything else, including RBI (39 ), OBP (.350), Bash (. 391), OPS (1.62), OPS+ (133), total bases (211) and score (, and () .

Judge, of course, didn’t go anywhere, Returned to the Yankees with “unfinished business” after a short stint in free agency flirting with the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. His first game as captain will be against the Giants — which Judge cheered for as a kid in Linden, Calif. — for an already dramatic Opening Day matchup between two of baseball’s most famous teams. Added another layer of intrigue. Judge said he was aware of the scheduling issues in the offseason decision-making process.

“I thought, ‘Someone’s tricking me,'” the judge joked. “Yankees fans have been great every Opening Day. We all excited to be back in the city and back to the fans. We have a great team here.”

Asked Tuesday if he was worried he would pitch Against

Opening day judge, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole shook his head and smirked.

“I almost thought it might happen,” Cole said. “But I pulled myself back from the edge.”

Rapeseed doesn’t have to worry about these now. He checks in through 2022, through

judge. Thursday will be their fourth opening day, and both seem primed for a strong spring. Though he missed on both of Tuesday’s at-bats, Judge hit. 211 (04-for-16) Two home runs in

) for this spring.

“He is very influential, you are just very Excited to see what he’s going to do,” Kerr said. “He might hit four home runs, you know?”

Says lefty Nestor Cortes: “Yankee Stadium is going to rock. Everyone would be excited. I think the fans would love to see us play and obviously it would be great to see Volpe and Judge. It will be Fun time.”




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