Blue Jays announcers accuse Aaron Judge of cheating right before he hit his second home run of the night
The Toronto Blue Jays’ broadcast crew basically accused Aaron Judge of cheating as he stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning of last night’s game.
Judge stepped up to the plate with two outs and worked a 2-2 count as the Yankees were leading the Blue Jays 6-0. He then appeared to look over towards the Yankees dugout.
Blue Jays announcers Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez pointed out how their TV cameras caught Judge looking away from the pitcher during his at-bat.
“Where’s he looking? Where’s he looking?”
“You don’t want to go throwing allegations around without knowing but …”
Aaron Judge accused of cheating by the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast
Then of course, Judge hammers a home run, his second of the night, which certainly made the cheating allegation from the broadcast crew a little more convincing.
Judge went 2-for-2 with two home runs and three walks and the Yankees held on to beat the Blue Jays 7-4. On the season, Judge has 10 home runs already, after hitting 62 home runs last season.
The reigning AL MVP offered his explanation of the incident after the game.
Well that certainly didn’t help the situation. What a bizarre way to answer. There was the “for what?” Follow up question, then the long pause with Judge looking up at the ceiling before actually answering the question, explaining that there was a lot of chirping from the Yankees’ dugout, which he didn’t really like 6-0 game.
That answer is weird.
Do I think Judge was cheating or getting signs from the Yankees dugout? Probably not.
The game was out of reach and it’s likely the Yankees were having fun in the dugout and chirping Judge so he took a quick glance over.
At first, I thought he might be looking at the pitch-clock but who knows, maybe it’s just an innocent glance to the dugout. Regardless, looking over to the dugout is a perfectly legal move so I’m not even sure what the broadcast crew was suggesting in the first place.
It’s not like he was wearing a wire while the dugout banged trashcans to tip off pitches to their teammates at the plate.
No one would ever be stupid enough to do that, right?
The penalties would be CRAZY if someone did that.
The only thing that would prevent major punishment from cheating that bad in a Major League Baseball game would have to be a shortened 60-game season due to a national pandemic that cancelled sports for five months and giving the team and the league a free pass because no one was paying attention to baseball.
Trust me, I know just writing it out sounds like a wild, post-apocalyptic movie that would never happen in real life.