Aaron Judge on Yankees' late postseason punch: 'There was never a doubt' they wouldn't make it

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Aaron Judge hypes up crowd after walk off to clinch playoffs
Aaron Judge hypes up crowd after walk off to clinch playoffs

It took until the last inning of the last game, but the Yankees got the job done and clinched a postseason berth.

And who else but Aaron Judge to send them there?

Having never gotten a walk-off hit before (he did have a walk-off walk earlier this year), the team's MVP this year sent the Yanks to postseason baseball with a single in the 1-0 victory.

And it was quite a sigh of relief.

"I know it took us a while to get going, but we've got a spot in the playoffs," Judge said.

And although their season comes down to one game on Tuesday night in Boston, when you're in the dance, you have a chance.

"All you've got to do is get in," Judge said.

Judge added that despite the team's lowest points of the season - and there were many of them - "there was never a doubt" that the Yankees would play more than 162 games.

The 162nd though was the biggest nail biter thus far. The Yankees had one hit - their bullpen and their defense saved them.

Especially Gio Urshela with this catch.

Jameson Taillon called it "one of the best catches I've ever seen," but it definitely had a cost on Urshela, who had a big bruise on his thigh, according to Aaron Boone.

"I feel really good. Just a little sore..." he said. "It could have been worse. Thank God I didn't hit my head or anything like that."

162 games down - one to go? The Yankees hope not.

"Been a crazy, wild, tough year,'' said Boone. "We’re ready to take our shot and feel like we know we can beat anyone when we're at our best.''

And as for that Wild Card Game against their biggest rival?

"Wow. That's going to be a fun game right there," Judge said. "It's just going to go down as another great game in this big rivalry we have."