Blue Jays announcer catches Aaron Judge’s bizarre look at bunker moments before a home run

An interesting moment occurred during a Monday night Toronto Blue Jays broadcast of a game they lost to their division rival, the New York Yankees.

As he has shown in the past at the Rogers Center, Aaron Judge can hit a ball a mile from the backcountry, words used by play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman when he connected his second home run in the top of the game. In the eighth inning, this one on a slider off Jay Jackson, recently called up from Triple-A.

During the bout, Shulman and his color commentator, Buck Martinez, realized something was unusual in their eyes with the judge at the canvas. As he waited for the stadium, he seemed to peek into his hiding place.

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Aaron Judge, #99 of the New York Yankees, celebrates with a home run in the dugout during the eighth inning of an MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center on May 15, 2023 in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Getty Images)

This was confirmed by a slow motion video replay.

“Well Buck, you and I looked at each other at exactly the same moment when we saw these three pitches before. What is that?” asked Shulman.

“Where is he looking?” “Really, really unusual,” Martinez said.

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“You don’t want to go making allegations without knowing, but…” Schulman continued.

Schulman is clearly talking about the potential for cheating on the part of the judge here, and although Martinez didn’t suspect it, he also didn’t think the judge’s move here could have allowed him to see where the catcher was behind him.

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“I had the guys look back when I was holding, and obviously you could see him and he couldn’t see catch the way he was looking over there,” Martinez said.

At that moment, Jackson hooked the slider—the third straight slider to Judge in the at-bat—at the expense of a 3-2 that “Judge hit,” in Schulman’s words to deep center field. The ball traveled an estimated 462 feet to put the Yankees ahead 7-0. They would eventually win 7-4 to open the series.

While the judge circled the bases, Shulman and Martinez followed along.

Aaron Judge swings

Aaron Judge, #99 of the New York Yankees, hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of their MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center on May 15, 2023 in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Getty Images)

“The third time this season that Aaron Judge has hit two home runs in one game,” Martinez said. “And again, he’s looking at something and then the next move is that hard swing and one explodes into midfield. I’ve never seen that with him.”

“Do you think he’s trying to find out if Alejandro Kirk was set away?” Shulman wondered. “You know, it’s more likely a slider if Kirk is in, and if he can’t see Kirk, it’s more likely a fastball?”

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Martinez added, “But the way his head was, I’m not sure he could see the catch or anything like that.”

After the game, the judge was questioned about the situation, and responded by pointing to his manager, Aaron Boone, who had earlier been hurled into the pat-pat after a slider that was low in the area was called for a strike by home plate umpire Clint Vondrak. Boone was bowled for arguing balls and strikes.

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“A lot of chirping from our team, which I didn’t really like about the situation it was a 6-0 game knowing Bonnie was tossed about,” he told reporters. “I was trying to save Boonie by calling timeout like, ‘Hey, wait here. Let me work here. I was trying to see who was tweeting in the dugout. 6-0, Boonie got thrown, so let’s get to work now.”

The judge added that his teammates didn’t stop talking to Vondrak after firing their manager, which led to him glancing again.

“I’m kind of like, ‘Who’s still talking here?'” “It’s 6-0 and our manager got slandered. He’s done his job, so let’s get back to playing ball.”

The judge concluded by saying that “I hope it doesn’t happen again”.

Since returning from the injured list, Judge has been 8-for-25 in May with four homers and 10 RBIs over seven games, just what the Yankees have needed since their first month ended with them in last place in a tough league in the Middle East.

Aaron Judge points

Aaron Judge, #99 of the New York Yankees, hits a home run in the first inning of their MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center on May 15, 2023 in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Getty Images)

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The first home run came from the Blue Jays’ judge Alec Manoa on his first hit of the game.

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