New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge's prolific rookie season, and the home runs that come with it, have captivated fans across the country. Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information research, we've captured every one of the first-year Bomber's bombs and the story that goes with it, from the victim on the mound to the speed off the bat.
The first homer of Judge's career was an quiet sign of the big hits to come. His solo shot off Mychal Givens in the eighth inning tied the game between Baltimore and New York and set up a 7-3 Yankees win.
Judge followed up his first homer of the season with a high-flying blast in an 8-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
This is right around when heads started turning. Judge's third-straight game with a home run led to another in an 8-4 victory and showed, maybe, that the rookie's emergence wasn't a fluke.
The Yankees were on a seven-game winning streak and about to make it eight in a row when Judge sent this one out of Yankee Stadium. He turned a hanging curveball from the White Sox starter and sent it into the bullpen in left-center. Note to pitchers: Don't make a mistake against Aaron Judge.
Hanging pitch? Check. Middle of the plate? Check. All of Judge's 6-foot-7 frame got behind this one. Poor Dylan Covey.
They Yankees were up 10-5 in the top of the ninth when Judge sent this no-doubter into the upper deck of the PNC Park outfield seats. It remains Judge's longest home run of the season.
No. 7 barely made it out, but man, did it get out of Fenway fast. Judge's home run gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead over their rival, and New York improved to 7-0 in games when Judge hit a homer.
April 28, the first
Make that 8-0. Judge had three RBIs off homers in this extra-inning win against the Orioles.
April 28, the second
The rookie has a bit of clutch in him too; his sixth-inning two-run shot came with two outs and turned a 9-2 deficit into a five-run game. Not exactly striking range, but New York made it work.
Judge got his seventh home run at Yankee Stadium and fifth of more than 425 feet. It was also his 10th home run of the season, which tied the rookie record for home runs in April. He's one of three rookies to do so, and both are contemporaries: Trevor Story did it in 2016, and Jose Abreu also hit 10 in 2014.
No. 1 on May 2
The first of these, a mere 332-footer, was very un-Judge-ian. It might not have made it out in many other ballparks, and it remains the shortest homer of the year for Judge.
Make it twice on May 2
The second, which went 391 feet, made up for that relative blooper, and it brought in three runs in an eventual 11-5 win. Still, nothing past 400 feet? Aaron had to step up his game.
And step up he did. With the Yanks trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a towering two-run homer to bring New York within one run. The Bombers pulled off a 8-6 win courtesy of that home run and the first three-hit game of Judge's MLB career. Asked after the game if he had ever been this hot at the plate, Judge replied, "Maybe T-ball."
This one hit the center field wall in Yankee Stadium so hard, it bounced back into play. No, seriously.
It was bound to happen eventually: The Yankees fell to 14-1 when Judge hits a homer in a 9-5 loss at Tampa Bay. He went opposite field off Matt Andriese in the top of the second for his fifth home run of the month. In order to match his April performance, Judge has to hit five out of the park in the next 11 games; something tells us that's entirely possible. Now, for good measure, here's a look at all those homers in one nifty chart.