Yankees’ Aaron Judge reacts to NBA star calling him ‘new Derek Jeter’
Some consider Aaron Judge the next Yankees captain. For now, he answers the tough questions like the last one, Derek Jeter, would.
“On The Huddle,” an Adidas Instagram Live chat with NBA star Damian Lillard, Judge was asked about being the “new’ Derek Jeter.” The Yankees right fielder laughed, then answered as Jeter likely would have.
“He paved the way for sure,” Judge said. “That’s the thing that I’ve been fortunate to be with the Yankees, the legends we have coming in and out of the building during spring training, during the season, just checking in. The Jeters, the Mariano Riveras, Andy Pettitte, Ron Guidry, all those guys. Reggie Jackson. It’s no joke, man. You feel that presence.
“As a player I want to be that same presence. I want to set that path for the guys coming up behind me that are in rookie ball that are in low-A. ‘Hey, this is how we do things here. If you want to win, you want to be champions, you have to put the team first, you play hard every day and you do it for the team.’”
Judge has certainly handled himself well in the New York spotlight, but injuries have derailed him from having a bigger impact for the Yankees on the field since his breakout rookie campaign. He played in 112 and 102 games the past two seasons season respectively and was recovering from a rib injury when baseball suspended spring training in March.
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