(New York) Aaron Judge made his presence felt in the New York Yankees’ home opener on Thursday afternoon, as he has done so many times in 2022: hitting a home run.
In his first game as captain of the famed team, Judge hit a long solo pitch in the first inning against right-handed pitcher Logan Webb of the San Francisco Giants.
The ball traveled 422 feet and landed in a net located above Monument Park in Yankee Stadium’s center field.
For the judge, it was his first career home run in a debut.
The judge scored another run with a single in the seventh inning.
Last year, Judge hit 62 home runs, erasing the mark of 61 in the American League held by Roger Maris, formerly of the Yankees, since 1961.
After last season, he became a free agent and considered signing with the Sacramento-born Giants. He ended up signing a nine-year, $360 million contract to stay with the Yankees.
In a game that lasted 2 hours and 33 minutes, the Yankees signed a 5-0 victory.
In six innings of work, Yankees starter Gerrit Cole (1-0) gave up three hits and walked two and had 11 strikeouts.