The whole baseball world is judging Aaron Judge, as the Yankee rookie has taken the league by storm. He leads the Majors with 22 homers on the season and has started a fun fan section at Yankee Stadium. But, is it right to put such lofty expectations on a rookie who hasn’t even played 100 games yet? Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen discuss.
Also, did MLB juice the ball? Home run rates have skyrocketed in the last couple years, and the gang tries to figure out if that’s part of a grander conspiracy. Yasiel Puig also one-upped Mr. Met in terms of vile hand gestures.
Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 50: Judging Aaron Judge
Music in this Episode:
Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club
Break 1: “The Future Freaks Me Out” by Motion City Soundtrack and Aaron Judge smashing one of his 22 dingers.
Break 2: “Cheat” by The Clash and a quote from Major League.
Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.
Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.
Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.