The name Aaron Judge and the word “history” have been used in the same sentence quite a bit lately, and for good reason — Judge became the sixth player in AL/NL history to hit 60 home runs in one season with a solo shot in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s win over the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, and with two more homers, he would set an all-time American League record. But Judge’s teammates have been making some history of their own.
After Judge’s homer on Tuesday cut New York’s deficit to three runs, the Yanks loaded the bases for Giancarlo Stanton, who launched a walk-off grand slam to secure a 9-8 win. Then, in the first inning Wednesday against Pittsburgh, rookie Oswaldo Cabrera belted a grand slam to open the scoring. It marked the first time in AL/NL history that a team had won a game on a grand slam, then scored its first four runs in the next game with another slam.
It was also only the third instance of a team hitting a grand slam in the final inning of one game and then another slam in the first inning of its next contest. The others involved the Red Sox in 1955 and the Dodgers in 2017, according to Stats Perform.
The Yankees — who rode consecutive-inning slams by Judge and Aaron Hicks to a rout of these same Pirates on July 6 — also became the first club in history to hit slams in back-to-back innings twice in one season. The feat is so rare that no other team has hit a pair of consecutive-inning grand slams against the same opponent at any point in its history — not to mention the same season.
While the baseball world waits with bated breath for Judge to potentially break the hallowed AL mark of 61 home runs in a season, set by Roger Maris in 1961, Judge’s teammates are setting the table and serving some historic appetizers ahead of the much-anticipated main course.