The New York Yankees will visit Great American Ball Park this weekend for a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees are always a box office draw, and with the debut of the Reds City Connect uniforms this Friday as well, GABP will be rocking over the next three days.
Of course, one of the biggest stars on the Yankees roster is Aaron Judge. The slugger won the AL MVP Award last season and proceeded to sign a nine-year/$360-million contract extension with the Bronx Bombers during the offseason.
Judge is known for his towering home runs, and after last season's performance, holds the American League record for most home runs in a single season. But how many homers has Judge hit at Great American Ball Park?
How many home runs has Aaron Judge hit at Great American Ball Park?
Would you believe zero? That's right. Aaron Judge has never hit a home run at Great American Ball Park.
That's rather surprising, right? Judge has been in the league since 2017 and has launched a total of 231 bombs in his career. Oddly enough, however, not one of those long balls has ever come during a visit to Cincinnati.
Now, when you add context to this, it begins to make much more sense. Before this season, interleague play was the only time you'd see the Reds and Yankees get together. Since New York was not Cincinnati's natural rival, there were several years between matchups.
Judge has played just one game at GABP during his career. In 2017, the year in which Judge won AL Rookie of the Year and hit 52 dingers, he went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.
Great American Ball Park is one of four stadiums where Aaron Judge has yet to hit a home run. He hasn't gone deep at Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals), LoanDepot Park (Miami Marlins), or Nationals Park (Washington Nationals).
The Cincinnati Reds played the New York Yankees last season, taking two of three from the Bronx Bombers, but the series was at Yankee Stadium. Judge was 1-for-9 in that series, but that lone hit was a home run.