The Yankees are only on their third game of the 2018 postseason, but All-Star slugger Aaron Judge already has six hits — and three home runs — to his name. The 26-year-old seized his latest opportunity during the first inning of Saturday’s game. He worked a 1-2 count against Boston southpaw David Price, then unleashed a 445-foot bomb to the top of the Green Monster to put the Yankees on the board:
Price barely had time to recover before he was hit with another moonshot, this one off the bat of Gary Sanchez at the top of the second inning.
The Yankees are angling for a comeback in Game 2 of the ALDS as they look to even the series standings this weekend. So far, this is their second multi-home run game since the Wild Card playoff against the Athletics, when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton bookended the team’s 7-2 win with a pair of solo shots.
Following Andrew McCutchen‘s bonus RBI single in the second inning, the Yankees currently lead the Red Sox 3-0 in the third.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.