Three pitches into Monday’s fourth inning, Aaron Judge galloped onto Yankee Stadium’s warning track and hurtled into its right-field wall to retrieve a deep drive. As ball met glove, Judge’s oversized torso smashed into an advertisement that foretold the night’s events.
GREATNESS AWAITS, it read.
In the bottom of the inning, Judge ripped a three-run home run into the left-field seats, declaring his rise as a viable threat in this American League Championship Series and solidifying the New York Yankees’ 8-1 victory over Houston in its third game.
The Yankees benefited from strokes of luck that evaded them in the first two games of the series, both of which the Astros...