Article first published in 2017
When you place New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge next to a regular-sized human being, the juxtaposition is jarring. Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 282 pounds, Judge shouldn’t be a baseball player. He should be blocking defensive linemen somewhere or backing down and dunking on a smaller opponent in the NBA. Judge is that enormous.
But he decided to bring his powers to Major League Baseball, and the results have been outrageous. Over the weekend, Judge belted a 496-foot home run, his 20th of the season, which according to ESPN is the longest home run that’s ever been hit since they started keeping track of that data in 2009.
As it turns out, baseball wasn’t Judge’s only sport. At Linden High School in California, Judge was also a record-setting tight end. Per stats provided by Max Preps, Judge racked up 1,405 receiving yards in his two seasons at Linden to go along with 21 touchdowns. During the 2009-2010 season, Judge averaged a ridiculous 17.9 yards per catch.
“Nobody could stop him,” Mike Huber, Judge’s high school coach, told the Washington Post.
Judge was such a beast at tight end that he wound up receiving offers from Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA before ultimately following his heart and choosing to go to Fresno State on a baseball scholarship.
“I fell in love with baseball at an early age,” Judge said. “If I had to choose one, it was always going to be baseball.”
As much as we talk about how LeBron James would have excelled at tight end had he continued on with his pursuit of football through college and into the NFL, there’s no doubt Judge could’ve done the exact same thing.
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