On June 11, the day Aaron Judge hit a ball that seemingly threatened to cross the river and land in Manhattan, the excitement among and around the Yankees was at a peak.
They finished a homestand with five wins in a row, dismantling the pitching staffs of AL East rivals Boston and Baltimore, outscoring them 55-9 in five games, with Judge hitting two homers, including a 496-foot drive, in a 14-3 win. For good measure, they carried the momentum across the country and beat the Angels the next night on yet another Judge homer.
With a four-game lead, and such momentum, what could go wrong?
In a word, everything. … everything except Judge, who has continued his epic rookie...