Judge’s long-anticipated decision to remain a Yankee arrived after a kooky and antsy 24 hours that injected a heavy dose of doubt into Yankeeland. The tweet that broke the internet sparked the frenzy; Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported around 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday that Judge appeared headed to the San Francisco Giants.
For at least an extended moment, Yankees fans experienced what that reported decision felt like. Judge to the Giants? No more towering home runs? No more dreams of Judge being named the next Yankee captain? No more No. 99 jerseys infiltrating the stadium? All of it was heartbreaking for the Yankees, who knew that losing Judge to the Giants, or any team, represented their worst-case scenario. So yeah, the Yankees were sweating.
Then came the brief exhalation. Moments after the tweet that sent shockwaves in the baseball community, Heyman doubled back. He deleted his original “Judge appears headed to the Giants” tweet and said he jumped the gun. The Giants, apparently, had not yet heard from Judge. No deal was official, nor was it complete. Reports began trickling in that the Yankees were still in on Judge. But, for several hours on Tuesday night, the prospect of Judge leaving became a serious possibility.
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