May 29, 2023

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Judge's HR ball brings tears of joy in Toronto

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TORONTO — There is crying in baseball, and it can be a beautiful thing.

The young Yankees fan seated high above the left-field wall at Rogers Centre can attest to that, breaking into tears after being handed Aaron Judge’s sixth-inning home run ball on Tuesday evening.

Judge teed off on the Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah for his ninth home run of the year, tying teammate Anthony Rizzo for the Major League lead. It marked Judge’s first hit in 11 at-bats against Manoah, tying the game immediately after Aaron Hicks was thrown out attempting to steal second base.

The ball landed 427 feet from home plate in the stadium’s 200 level and was initially retrieved by a man in the first row wearing a Blue Jays pullover shirt. The man appeared to celebrate for a moment, then spotted a young boy behind him, wearing a T-shirt with Judge’s No. 99 on the back.

The man gave the ball to the disbelieving boy and the pair embraced, tears immediately streaming down the boy’s cheeks — an early contender for the most heartwarming moment in the Majors this season.

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