Aaron Judge
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball by Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Dodgers Stadium, situated in Los Angeles, has received an immeasurable amount of hate in the past month from Yankees fans. After all, it’s the exact same spot where Aaron Judge, the Yanks captain’s gruesome toe injury, originated. The very same toe injury that is now hindering the captain as well as the team’s quest for a long-awaited world series championship.

The event unfolded on June 4 when the Yankees were visiting LA for a series against the Dodgers. During the series opener, Aaron Judge took his usual position in the right field. A deep hit from one of the Dodgers’ batters flew wide to Judge. However, the outfielder committed to the play and sprinted to cover over 50 feet distance in a few seconds. While he successfully completed the catch, the dire repercussions were not something anyone would have imagined in their wildest dreams.


Aaron Judge Refuses To Bring A Lawsuit Against Dodgers!

Aaron Judge

While taking a catch in the right field, Yankees captain Aaron Judge crashed into the fence of the Dodgers stadium and picked up a toe injury. The fence was poorly chain linked. Hence, with the force of Judge’s sprint momentum, it broke open. Inside the fence was an exposed concrete step that divided the bullpen and the field. Judge’s right toe smashed against it, which tore its ligament tissue. Since then, the batter has been unable to take the field and, to date, feels significant pain. Recently, the Yankees captain even claimed that the toe injury might linger around and bother him for several years.

Naturally, the mismanagement at the Dodgers stadium is to be fully blamed for the accident. The authorities could have made better arrangements to ensure the safety of the players. Having said that, if Aaron Judge wishes, he can apparently sue the Dodgers stadium for inciting the injury via poor management. It has been a case in the past where a former Yankee, Dustin Fowler, sued the Chicago White Sox after he collided with a concealed electrical box at what was then called U.S. Cellular Field. Fowler settled later for an undisclosed amount. Hence, when New York Daily News promoted this question to Judge, he immediately refused to take such a step. He said that there is no need for such a thing right now. However, the lawyer who fought Dustin Fowler’s case firmly believes that Aaron Judge can make a good case for himself if he chooses to change his mind.

Yankees Captain Priorities Rehab Over All-Star Shenanigans

Aaron Judge
New York Yankees’ center fielder Aaron Judge warms up before a game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on April 30. AP

Despite the injury, Aaron Judge received a place in this year’s American League All-Star roster as an outfield starter. Relentless voting from fans earned Judge this honor for the fifth time in his career. However, as fate would have it, the reigning AL-MVP will have to give this event a miss. On top of that, now the captain has also decided to skip the two days of All-Star Festives, which are scheduled to take place next week in Seattle.

According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Aaron Judge has chosen to stay back in New York to focus on his rehab and field activities. He is desperate for a return after seeing his team fall badly during his absence. Hence, ace pitcher Gerrit Cole will now be the only Yankee to board a flight to Seattle this year. He could also be a starter for the midsummer classic. However, that won’t be decided until Monday.