Akshita Patel

Aaron Judge’s Honest Take On Growing Negativity Around The Yankees Current Slump

The New York Yankees are nowhere close to the pre-season expectations. The big bucks poured mindlessly during the off-season promised a lot of action for the 2023 season. However, the Bronx Bombers’ performance on the field has been underwhelming. Well, calling it underwhelming would be an understatement. Disappointing might be the appropriate word to describe the club’s ongoing slump.

After a strong few initial weeks, the Yankees hit rock bottom and suddenly lost the whole plot. They kept on losing series after series and, to date, have not been able to recover from it. It has reached an extreme point wherein the Yankees found themselves at the bottom of the American League East Division until this weekend. Naturally, the viewers started questioning the team’s caliber and competency. However, the captain, Aaron Judge, is unfazed by all the negative criticism.


Aaron Judge Claims Yankees Are Unbothered By Negative Criticism

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May 10, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader (22) celebrates his three run home run against the Oakland Athletics with first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) and third baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Image: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been under constant scrutiny for the past many weeks owing to their form slump. The team lost three consecutive series before winning one against the dispirited Oakland Athletics. Most recently, the Bombers faced the mighty East toppers, Tampa Bay Rays, in a four-game series. The New York-based team showed a lot of character to put up a good fight and split the series after losing the finale by a whisker. Overall, it was an important weekend for the overly criticized Yankees.

These types of intense slumps are unusual for the Yankees, and naturally, the fans remain highly disappointed with the current dire state of the team. Many even predicted the end of the Bombers’ campaign due to excessive injury woes. However, the team’s captain, Aaron Judge, pays no heed to such negative debates. In the post-game presser, a reporter asked Judge whether the negativity affected the team in any sense. To this, the slugger replied, “To be honest, we don’t listen to it.” 

Judge further added that when you play for New York, you will have to hear the good and bad things according to your performance. However, for the Yankees, as a team, the goal is to keep pushing hard till the very end and not give up. The recent split series with the Rays was a perfect testament to the Bombers’ spirit as a team and how they are not ready to hang the boots just yet.

Another Massive Challenge Awaits The Bombers

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr., right, celebrates his two-run homer during the first inning of the baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Friday, April 21, 2023, in New York. Seth Wenig – staff, AP

The New York Yankees successfully tackled the challenging matchup against the mighty Tampa Bay Rays. However, the fight is not over. They have another challenging series coming up against the Toronto Blue Jays. The last time these stalwarts met, the Jays crushed the Bombers with intense offensive power. Hence, the Yankees will seek redemption this time around.

The Yankees have finally regained their offensive form after weeks of troubling dry spells. Hence, this week, the team will travel to Canada with a lot of confidence. The key aspect, however, will be the hold of the runs. Starters need to step up and put pressure on the opposition early on. Overall, the coming week will bring along a tough challenge for the Yankees. If they manage to overcome this, no power in the world can stop the club from leveling up on the East table.