MIAMI — “All Rise” is Aaron Judge’s thing. But after Justin Bour’s first round in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Marlins Park, it was the hometown crowd that was on its feet for the Marlins slugger, who mashed an impressive 22 homers.
In that moment, with Marlins Park going nuts, it looked like Aaron Judge’s much-anticipated Home Run Derby debut might end in disappointment. But then Judge did what you do when your opponent hits 22 homers. He hit 23.
It was an unbelievable show for Judge and its best moment came when Judge hit one to the roof of Marlins Park. That’s not hyperbole either. He hit a ball off the dang roof, just look at this:
From there, he just kept homering. He earned :30 worth of derby bonus time for hitting two homers longer than 440 feet, then finished off Bour in that bonus time to advance to the semifinals.
Judge’s roof power is no fluke. He hit the roof in Home Run Derby batting practice too. In general, he’s been hitting the ball harder than anybody in baseball this season. His distance ain’t bad either. Judge hit one 501 feet in his first-round performance.
All rise? More like bow down.
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