On Saturday night, Aaron Judge mocked Jose Altuve’s jersey gesture from the 2019 ALCS rounding third base, after hitting the only home run of the game. The New York Yankees went on to win 1-0, but Martin Maldonado of the Houston Astros didn’t forget.
The catcher hit a 371-foot home run on Sunday to right-field over Judge’s head to tie the ballgame. Tim Locastro of the Yankees would respond with the same exact home run the next inning, but Maldonado’s gesture was showing that there wasn’t a buzzer when rounding third base.
While Aaron Judge said he wasn’t mocking Jose Altuve, Martin Maldonado responded in the best way possible.
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Manager Dusty Baker stated that anyone can do what they want, but it was “wrong” of Judge to mock Altuve. It was the best way to get back at Judge for not owning up to what he did, which is ironic is another way. Judge hasn’t always been the bad guy to Astros’ fans, and if other evidence comes out about other teams cheating, then it would be hypocritical.
Maldonado doesn’t hit many home runs, as his slug on Sunday was his sixth of the season. While one of the leaders on the team, the veteran hasn’t been as outspoken about the sign stealing scandal, as he wasn’t a member of the 2017 team. But like many players on the Astros, he wasn’t going to take what Judge did lightly. The shenanigans continued after Gary Sanchez’s home run.