Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his AL-record 62nd home run of the season in the first inning of Tuesday’s game with the Rangers. It broke the tie with the 1961 Roger Maris mark, and the reaction from around the world was in line with the historic achievement.
First, here’s a video of the much-anticipated 62nd Judge, and here’s how iconic Yankees broadcaster John Sterling.
Just like she was on #61, Judge’s mother, Patty, was present at #62 and of course reacted very favorably.
A host of star athletes past and present also took part, including some Yankee icons.
Aaron Judge bet on himself in THE MOST EPIC WAY. 62 home runs. Wow.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 5, 2022
Just a witness to history! Blessed’!!!! Mr Judge is out of his mind!!!
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) October 5, 2022
President Joe Biden — a well-known Phillies fan — renounced his MLB loyalty to congratulate Judge.
New York Mayor Eric Adams also congratulated one of his city’s biggest stars.
The Empire State Building lit up in the iconic Yankee pinstripes just after the home run.
Roger Maris Jr., who was present at Judge’s 61st round, not only congratulated Judge, but declared him the “KING OF CLEAR HOME RUN”. Maris said earlierif and when he turns 62.
Congratulations to Aaron Judge and his family on Aaron’s historic home run number 62! It has definitely been an unforgettable baseball season. You are all class and someone who should be respected. For MOST fans, we can celebrate the arrival of the new KING OF CLEAN HOME RUN!!
— Roger Maris Jr (@RogerMarisJr) October 5, 2022
Many other teams from New York joined, including a few individual players from the Jets.
Shout out to Aaron Judge.
— NEW YORK NIKKS (@nyknicks) October 5, 2022
Even the Carolina Hurricanes, in the midst of a preseason game, were merrily weighing in.